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Book and Media Reviews
May 7, 2008

When Doctors Become Patients

JAMA. 2008;299(17):2093-2094. doi:10.1001/jama.299.17.2093-b

At 8:30 AM on September 11, 2001, Robert Klitzman's sister called her best friend from her office on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center. No one ever heard from her again. In the following weeks, a grief-stricken Klitzman's body gave out. “For three months, I could not sleep . . . I could not get out of bed, and was no longer interested in reading books, seeing movies, or listening to music. Yet I was surprised when friends told me they thought I was depressed,” writes Klitzman, a psychiatrist. His struggle with grief and depression inspired the work found in When Doctors Become Patients.

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