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October 3, 2007

“Gotta’ Sing! Gotta’ Diagnose!”A Postmortem Examination of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Medical Musical Allegro

JAMA. 2007;298(13):1575-1577. doi:10.1001/jama.298.13.1575

Imagine going to the theater to see a musical pageant about a young physician's professional trials and tribulations, a play that explores the decisions he makes about how he practices medicine and where; the meanings and obligations of the physician's social contract; and even the risks of medical error. Let's extend this fantasy by hiring a trendsetting team of producers, an equally accomplished choreographer and set designer, and an army of professionals to mount the production. And while we are at it, we should invite Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, one of the greatest writing duos in the history of musical theater, to write the words and music.

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