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February 21, 2001

Changing CareersDoctors Afield and Afar

Author Affiliations

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


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JAMA. 2001;285(7):945-946. doi:10.1001/jama.285.7.945-JBK0221-6-1

Tired of medicine and thinking of changing careers? Others have done it! This book chronicles the lives of 20 physicians who left medicine to change careers and went on to make great names for themselves. Their profiles will not be found in standard medical biographies, as their fame is not in medicine but in new unusual fields.

Included are the scientists Galileo Galilei and Nicolas Copernicus. There are also profiles of literary greats, such as the philosopher John Locke, the political and social satirist Rabelais, and the poet John Keats. Seven profiles concern physicians involved in the American revolution. At that time, educated persons were a rarity in the colonies, and many physicians became leaders or generals in the fight for independence. More recent profiles include the explorer David Livingstone and the novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For none was medicine the primary focus in life.

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