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November 1996

Postcall Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Puyallup Tribal Health Authority 2209 E 32nd St, Bldg 2 Tacoma, WA 98404

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(11):1220. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170360110022

In response to Dr Bergman's interest in the recently recognized disease entity, "postcall syndrome,"1 which afflicts current residents in teaching hospitals, I would like to offer that I have personally been stricken with this affliction in recent years and can provide dozens of anecdotal case histories of the same among my colleagues. Dr Bergman admits some confusion as to the constellation of symptoms and features of this syndrome. As a medical colleague, I would be pleased to educate him from my personal knowledge base.

Postcall syndrome is indeed a fairly new entity on the medical horizon, and full Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition criteria for diagnosis have not yet been established. The syndrome was first recognized in the last 2 decades, and the symptoms are much as Dr Bergman describes. The origin of the disease has to do with residents training in a landscape vastly

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