I once tried to explain here why doctors tend to look young and fit -- while male lawyers tend to look, er, bald. My theory then was that only the strong and healthy types can make it through residency. But that doesn't explain the overabundance of baldness in male lawyers. It may have something to do with the sickly green light produced by photocopiers.
I'm not the only one who's noticed that doctors look so young.
Nor is this a recent observation on my part.
See this fellow at left? He looks very much like a resident who interviewed me when I was hospitalized some 20 years ago. (OK, more than 20 -- I probably wasn't 30 then.)
The resident was there on morning rounds to take my history. He asked about why I was hospitalized and how my surgery had gone. I said I would wait to roll over and show off my scars until the rest of the kiddie corps caught up with him. So he started to ask background information -- but he decided to guess my age.
"Around 50, right?"
Did I mention this was over 20 years ago and I wasn't even 30? I won't mention exactly how I responded.