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Books, Journals, New Media
July 3, 2002

LiteratureOn Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays

Author Affiliations

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


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edited by Richard Reynolds and John Stone, 3rd ed, 413 pp, $35, ISBN 0-7132-0153-1, New York, NY, Simon & Schuster, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;288(1):105-106. doi:10.1001/jama.288.1.105-JBK0703-4-1

The third edition of On Doctoring adds a handful of brilliant writers to the insightful musings of the many authors of the previous two editions. The roles we as physicians play in the lives of patients and families and in our own lives are portrayed from a variety of perspectives.

Rereading the book has reinfused me with the enthusiasm that brought me to the practice of medicine originally. The life of a doctor has changed dramatically since 1991 when this book first appeared, and yet what attracts many of us to the practice of medicine is essentially unchanged, albeit transmuted by the present "business of medicine" and managed care. The physician-patient relationship and its rich permutations underscores every poem, short story, and essay in this wonderful book.

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