At congresses, there will often be a spouse's programme and, in the past, I have been roped in to facilitate the sessions on the challenges of being a doctor's spouse. Most of the participants in these workshops have been wives. I am not sure that doctors' spouses are that much different from the spouses of other professionals, as the demands on most professional people are fairly heavy in the 21st century. Long hours of overtime work are now the norm for most people. I remember seeing a cartoon of a mother bringing a small boy into the living room to see his father, and the caption was: "Say goodbye to your father, he is going into politics." So, most of us, doctors, politicians, lawyers and stockbrokers, share the same problems of balancing family life with our work.