Medicine: Professionals in the Pit

Overwhelmed by the tense, frenetic atmosphere and enormous work load in the hospital emergency room, many doctors view duty in what they call the "pit" as a form of cruel and unusual punishment; others regard it as a purgatory through which they must pass on the way to a more relaxed form of practice. But Dr. Gaius Clark, 40, of Lansing, Mich., loves every minute of it. "It is an exciting type of medicine," he says of his full-time work in the emergency room at Lansing's St. Lawrence Hospital. "You are under a great...

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