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Books, Journals, New Media
March 9, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(10):1267-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1269

Several years ago, the editors of JAMA asked me to review Dr Howard M. Spiro’s book The Power of Hope: A Doctor’s Perspective. I was delighted to do so—the title was intriguing, and the author had a sterling reputation as a clinician, teacher, and writer.

I was not disappointed. The book turned out to be a little gem, easy to read, yet packed with insights and pronouncements on the practice of medicine. Spiro’s observations and opinions were informative and often inspirational.

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