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Physicians value the education provided in the stories of their peers. Sometimes it is nice to know that another physician feels emotions similar to yours. JAMA has published, on 2 occasions,1,2 a unique format for writing these stories: the 55-word story. Physician readers were intrigued by a book edited by Steve Moss titled The World's Shortest Stories, a collection of stories, each no more than 55 words long. These "little stories" should find a place among the literature of the "little persons' doctors," for we pediatricians need to share our clinical experiences. Because we are always busy—"eat fast-don't sleep"—the 55-word story is ideal for us to read and write. Try writing one about a memorable experience. One author felt its addictive potential.
Girone JAC. Little Stories. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(1):91. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.1.91