Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Roxanne K. Young, 332 pp, $34, ISBN 1-57947-082-3, Chicago, Ill, AMA Press, 2000.
This A Piece of My Mind is the second collection of essays from the widely popular JAMA column of the same name. Like the first book, it contains some of the most important and inspiring essays that have appeared in the THE JOURNAL over many years.
The essays stand in stark contrast to the scientific medical literature that serves as the backdrop. The stories are the vibrant colors, the mixed emotions, and the stolen moments that counterbalance the histograms, P values, and tabulated data that represent most of what we read in medical journals. While many medical truths derive from the summation of large volumes of clinical information across many patients, these essays highlight the individual. The stories illustrate the exception to the rule, the outlier, the outcome that wasn't meant to be. They give a voice to the patient with the disease. They depict the human form hidden beneath the data. They show how physicians use their gut as well as their brain as they make sense of data and navigate through their practices.
EssaysA Piece of My Mind: A New Collection of Essays From JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 2001;286(6):726. doi:10.1001/jama.286.6.726-JBK0808-4-1