edited by Richard Reynolds and John Stone, 428 pp, $29.95, ISBN 0-671-74015-6, New York, NY, Simon & Schuster, 1991.
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In today's world of rapid and sometimes frustrating change in the practice of medicine, this anthology of medical stories, poems, and essays is a breath of fresh air. Medicare and Medicaid reform (or lack thereof), the resource-based relative value scale, diagnosis related groups, third-party review, increasing reliance on technology, litigation, decreasing enrollment in medical schools, and the departure of many of our colleagues from the art itself have caused many of us to lose sight of why we originally entered the practice of medicine. These writers, many of them physicians themselves, restore the vision that induced us to go into medicine in the first place. Many of these stories use the prism of medicine to explore the spectrum of human emotions from extreme frailty to unbounded courage. Through poetry, medicine's more poignant moments are portrayed beyond the usual powers of expression.
The writers range from the authors of the Old
Meuli C. On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays. JAMA. 1991;266(19):2760. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470190108042