A birthday is the anniversary of the day on which a person was born. For non-health care professionals, this is a time of celebration and gift-giving. However, for health care professionals, it is a time to be on call and be filled with self-loathing.
The following dialogue between Roy Basch and Berry from The House of God after the former's first overnight call as an intern best illustrates this:
"I could make you feel better," said Berry.
"Just tuck me in."
"But today's your birthday. We're going out to dinner, remember?"
"Your own birthday and you forgot?"
"Yup. I'm green and stinky, and just tuck me in."
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