An Eye-Opening Medical Memoir

“Best practices, professional rebellion, and the advancement of medical care are inextricably linked.” —Richard Gibralter, MD


An Eye-Opening Medical Memoir

1999 chronicles an unforgettable and watershed year from Dr. Richards’ ongoing, six-decade medical career.

Originally intended as a time capsule of her day-to-day interactions with patients, many of whom had been in her care since infancy, Diary 1999 morphed into an intimate record of Dr. Richards’ personal and professional struggles at the end of the millennium. Her diary offers readers a glimpse into the challenges she faced managing the evolving business of medicine, as well as the months-long fight to save the historic Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital from closure.

Along with reflections from the present day, Dr. Richards provides a fascinating, behind-the-scenes account of how the American medical landscape was evolving. Dr. Richards generously shares her perspectives on topics ranging from managed care to malpractice. A natural storyteller, her startlingly candid assessment of the life around her results in memorable anecdotes and unique insights.

Renée Richards MD

Dr. Renée Richards, MD, is an internationally renowned pediatric ophthalmologist and an expert on strabismus, a condition in which the eyes do not align properly.

Other than the five-year period in which Dr. Richards played and coached professional women’s tennis (1976-1981), she has practiced medicine since 1961.

She is most well-known for her pioneering legal battles as one of the nation’s only professional trans athletes.


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