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July 25, 1986

Emotional Impairment in Internal Medicine House Staff

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Aberdeen, SD

JAMA. 1986;256(4):472. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380040045017

To the Editor.—  I was very pleased to read the two articles1,2 on emotional impairment of physicians in the March 7, 1986, issue of JAMA. Thank you for presenting this material and recognizing that physicians do indeed have problems with emotional impairment. As a physician who was once emotionally impaired, I involve myself in the treatment of emotional impairment. I am now teaching others how to get the information they need and how to apply it in their personal as well as their professional lives.However, I would like clarification of what the authors mean by "emotional impairment." I know what emotional impairment meant for me, my wife, and my children, but I do not know what it means to the authors.I also wish to point out that the health care profession is being promoted as an adversary system, based on pathology and fault finding, similar to our