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A Piece of My Mind
April 19, 2000

The Stories

JAMA. 2000;283(15):1934. doi:10.1001/jama.283.15.1934

We are friends, two primary care internists who teach and who sometimes write. We are confidantes who count on each other's interest and sympathy as we cope with the intellectual and emotional challenges of our work. Together we have gone to conferences and plays, worked on MKSAP questions, and held dinner parties for people who share our interest in home care for the elderly.

A year or so ago, each of us read a book edited by Steve Moss and colleagues called The World's Shortest Stories, a collection of stories each no more than 55 words long. We admired some of the stories a lot, and both of us were struck by the possibilities of this form for writing about our patients and our encounters with them. Sometimes together and sometimes separately, we tried it for ourselves.

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