Sep 28, 2002 · Blanche Geer, Everett C Hughes, Anselm Strauss, Howard Saul Becker Transaction, $29.95/£23.50, pp 456 ISBN 0878556222 This book describes the pioneering 1961 study by Howard Becker and his colleagues of how “boys in white”—medical students—become doctors. It remains a remarkable ethnographic study of how these young men at the University of Kansas lived: their schedules, their efforts ... “Yeah, me either. Chill, man.” Evan laughs. “So, does it pass to the next person over?” Evan raises his eyebrows and glances at me. I want to protest, but my throat closes off and I look down at my feet instead. Evan stands up. “So Ruby . . .” He may not have saved me a seat, but Wesley jumps in to save me now, thank goodness.
“I’m fine,” he protested. “Tend to your savta.” “But Ima said your feet have been paining you, Saba.” Our oldest daughter’s firstborn offered an obligatory nod at me. “Shalom, Savta.” I returned the nod with a half smile but remained silent, refusing to mock the peace such a greeting offered. One glance at our oldest daughter,