Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
How does an individual become a physician? How does one decide even
to make the attempt? Undoubtedly, a number of factors, many unrecognized,
play a role in the decision to take on the burdensome task of education, which
never ends, and hard work without surcease. Hippocrates phrased the process
concisely: "Life is short, the art long." Perhaps a relative, a family tradition,
or an esteemed family doctor has steered the prospective physician to this
fate, or perhaps a book explaining the process.
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