My book Healthy Aging: Well-being and Sexuality at Menopause and Beyond comes from the clinical observations I made throughout my professional career (www.annaghizzani.it). Re-thinking about what happens during appointments is the best way for me to understand how medicine works and how to make it more effective. Writing down these considerations is a way to process a continuum of thoughts and expand my understanding. But privileged time is needed in order to do this; not the busy schedules that are common in Florence and everywhere else. Privileged time comes with the short but frequent sabbaticals that I spent in the medical library at Cornell - New York Hospital. Without gynecological shifts and clinical obligations, I can read, think and write about anything I have in mind.