If clinical medicine has taught me one thing, it is that you should be prepared for the unexpected. Having said that, the general practices I attended as part of my training in nice middle class areas did not prepare me for the startling differences in the job description of a general practitioner working in a run down council estate like Acid Row.
Acid Row is “sink” estate. Gangs of youths patrol the streets, controlling and owning them. Single mothers, the unemployed, and ailing pensioners populate the houses. The authorities have all but given up on these residents. But one woman, a young doctor by the name of Sophie Morrison, refuses to give up; she sees these people not only as patients but also as friends. She goes out of her way to help the residents and, because of her caring nature, is well liked and respected within the community.