Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—I trust that Dr Linzer1 is primarily speaking of the potential "sacrifices"
made by physician leaders in their administrative mode. I would be quite concerned
if this philosophy were applied to practicing physicians since one of the
meanings of sacrifice is to give something up for an ideal or a greater good
(which is why many of us went into medicine in the first place). For example,
the "sacrifice fly" in baseball involves placing the good of the team ahead
of that of the individual. Even in practice there must be a proper perspective
between the competing needs of patient, individual, and family. However, physicians
must never lose sight of the enormous gratification derived from so-called
sacrifices in the care of patients.
Matz R. On Being a Physician: Choices, Sacrifice, and Balance. JAMA. 1998;279(20):1609. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-20-jbk0527