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Book and Media Reviews
May 27, 2009

The Last Half Hour of the Day: An Anthology of Stories and Essays That Have Inspired Physicians

JAMA. 2009;301(20):2165-2166. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.734

The Last Half Hour of the Day is an anthology of literary readings recommended by physician writers and readers from around the world. Compiled by the editors of the Ad Libitum and On Being a Doctor sections of the Annals of Internal Medicine, the book is intended as a collection to encourage physicians to reflect via literature on the types of events that they encounter during the course of their professional lives: ethical challenges, losses and inspirations, coming to terms with their own illness and mortality, and the rigors of medical training. It is most of all intended to encourage physicians to take seriously their responsibility to become readers (of something other than medical texts) and to see this as important to their own personal and professional development.

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