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Editor's Correspondence
May 27, 2013

Internists: Who Are We—And Where Are We Going?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York.

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(10):933-934. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.767

Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry of life—the poetry of the commonplace, of the ordinary man, of the plain, toil-worn woman, with their lives and their joys, their sorrows and their griefs.
William Osler1

When I began my internal medicine practice, internists were experts in diagnosis and medical treatment and consultants, who cared for the sickest of the sick.

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