Tonight and next Tuesday, PBS (Nova) airs the fifth and final installment of "Doctors' Diaries," the 22-year chronicle of the lives of seven Harvard Medical School students. It's a moving documentary, tinged with the nostalgia and sadness that comes with nearly perfect 20/20 hindsight.
But it is also hopeful. Each of the seven, while transcending a range of personal challenges, ultimately becomes the kind of physician any one of us would like to have. And, even more poignantly, they become the kind of caring doctors they had always hoped to be.
You can find my review of "Doctors' Diaries" at http://www.nytimes.com/2000/04/07/health/07chen.html