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Books, Journals, New Media
April 28, 2004

Medical School

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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.

JAMA. 2004;291(16):2022-2023. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.2022

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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