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Book and Media Reviews
March 22/29, 2006

Illness Memoir

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(12):1453-1458. doi:10.1001/jama.295.12.1455-b

A teacher once stated during our hospital rounds that “No one should be granted the MD degree before the age of 60!” By this she meant that most young, healthy doctors have not experienced the type of personal suffering that engenders compassion, wisdom, and humility, traits that make one a wiser and more empathetic physician. In the absence of such personal experience, students would do well to read Out of Joint, a memoir of a life that has included rheumatoid arthritis since the author's late 20s.

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