Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: In their discussion of the inner
life of physicians, Dr Meier and colleagues1
propose a medical model to address emotionally sensitive issues that most
physicians keep secret. The medical model that I use to understand such issues
is that of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is defined as a set
of typical symptoms that develop after a person sees, is involved in, or hears
of an "extreme traumatic stressor."2 Although
PTSD has been described as a consequence of rape, war, bombings, or other
obvious overt traumas,3 it is usually not
considered a result of medical training.
Kennedy JS. Physicians' Feelings About Themselves and Their Patients. JAMA. 2002;287(9):1113-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.287.9.1109