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April 10, 2002

Current Resident Work Hours: Too Many or Not Enough?

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

JAMA. 2002;287(14):1802-1803. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799

To the Editor: In her Medical News & Perspectives story, Ms Lamberg1 described some ongoing research about sleep deprivation among medical residents. An Irish proverb says, "A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book." In this age in which preventive medicine is beginning to take hold and where we begin to see that the health of societies lies less with mechanical hearts than with simple preventive health measures, it becomes important that we physicians follow our own advice.

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