A doctor or dentist’s wife has to get used to their husbands being surrounded by other women. A comfortable workplace has a “family” atmosphere and appropriate personal issues are discussed openly and often. There were times- after the kids were in bed and there was time to talk- when my husband would tell me about the interpersonal things that happened at work. He told me about the ways he had intervened, helped to iron things out; been a shoulder to cry on. He was proud of his ability to defuse an argument or console someone through a personal crisis. He was proud of the way he had used psychology and encouragement and sympathy to help a staff member to get through a rough time. This strip had more than a ring of truth to it…there were alarms going off and we didn’t know it!