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Books, Journals, New Media
May 25, 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(20):2537-2541. doi:10.1001/jama.293.20.2539

“To write prescriptions is easy but to come to an understanding with people is hard.” This astute declaration from the short story “A Country Doctor” was not penned by a physician but rather by Franz Kafka, a lawyer by training who worked for an accident insurance company. How’s that for irony? The quote is one of approximately 1500 excerpts included in The Doctor in Literature: Satisfaction or Resentment? Written by a physician, the book examines the medical profession through the lens of literature.

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