In 1999 Dr. Ren e Richards kept a detailed diary of her personal and professional life. An internationally renowned eye surgeon and teacher, her specialty was childhood strabismus, a condition where the eyes do not property align.
It proved to be an eventful year.
Medical practices were under immense pressure to see more patients and produce more revenue. This did not serve patients well, Dr. Richards believed. She refused to change.
The Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital-where Dr. Richards had helped pioneer a world class residency in eye surgery-was for sale. She rebelled and was part of a determined group of physicians attempting to save the institution.