What do I want in a doctor? Perhaps more than anything else—a friend with special knowledge. If you had never dived and I were with you, it would be my purpose to instruct you in the depths and dangers, of the pleasant and the malign. I guess I mean the same thing somewhat. We are so made that rascally, unsubtle flares may cause a meaningless panic whereas a secret treason may be nibbling away, unannounced or even pleasant as in the rapture of the deep.
Part of an excellent letter written by John Steinbeck, in reply to the question “Any other data you think may be of importance?” on his new doctor’s medical-history form.
Read the rest of this letter at Letters of Note: What do I want in a doctor?