I had been working for about four years as a family practice physician at two community clinics in East Oakland. I had gotten a master's in public health in Berkeley. And during that time I met Anne White who has now been my partner for the last four years. I basically had been in good health except for some minor problems with asthma and allergies. I, of course, dealt with serious illnesses with my patients and also with some family members and friends. But I, myself, had really been in good health.