In 1964 they said she could never be a doctor because of her long painted fingernails, her big breasts and the ‘Three M’s: Marriage, Motherhood and Medicine’. Escape from the Bedside is Sharon Baltman’s gripping memoir tracking her decision to become a doctor in the early days of feminism to her travels across Canada, the US, through Africa and Israel.
She chooses NOT to be like her traditional childhood family doctor but obsessively pursues the need to listen closely to her patients, a discipline later known as Narrative Medicine.
Sharon Baltman began writing creatively at age 45, using a manual typewriter during a year-long stay on an Israeli kibbutz in an attempt to win a computer in a writing contest. She lost the competition, bought a computer and pursued the long path of studying the craft. Her articles have appeared in the Globe and Mail, on-air in First Person Singular on the CBC and in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, among others. This is her first full-length book. She lives in Toronto working as a physician psychotherapist.