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June 21, 2000

Parallel CareersDoctors Afield

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Mary G. McCrea Curnen, Howard Spiro, and Deborah St James, 233 pp, with illus, $27.50, ISBN 0-300-08020-4, New Haven, Conn, Yale University Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(23):3129. doi:10.1001/jama.283.23.3129-JBK0621-3-1

Doctors Afield examines the lives of 27 physicians who have complemented their careers in medicine with successful commitments to other pursuits, such as music, art, literature, religion, politics, and collecting. Each describes the passions that led to an enterprise parallel to medicine. (The stories of four renowned deceased physicians are told by others.)

As most subjects have remained active in clinical medicine, they are able to describe the satisfaction and gratification of integrating an engrossing parallel activity or career with the role of physician. Each story is told differently, so there is little continuity, but this individuality is part of the book's charm and conveys each contributor's passion.

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