There are three subjects on which the knowledge of the medical profession in general is woefully weak; they are manners, morals, and medicine.
– Gerald F. Lieberman
Medicine was certainly intended to be a career. I wanted to become a psychiatrist, an adolescent ambition which, of course, is fulfilled by many psychiatrists. The doctor/psychiatrist figures in my writing are alter egos of a kind, what I would have been had I not become a writer – a personal fantasy that I’ve fed into my fiction.
– J. G. Ballard