Is working in a hospital or doctor's office a prescription for passion?
If you believe the stories in the burgeoning and steamy genre of medical romance novels, the answer would be a resounding "yes." But a psychiatrist did a study of these novels and claims the real world of medicine is a lot less torrid.
"The real ER is a lot less exciting, I regret to tell you," said Dr. Brendan Kelly at University College in
Others, however, beg to disagree. "The potential for romance is high in emotionally intense settings such as hospitals," said Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, professor of medicine at the
There's a caveat, though: "The dismal record for medical marriage longevity shows once again that fiction does not mimic reality," Fendrick said.
According to Kelly's letter, romance fiction rakes in some $1.2 billion in sales annually, accounting for almost 40 percent of all fiction sold in the
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