Much to the chagrin of my residents, I still
have reasonably clear memories of my internship year. I can recall
patrolling the hospital's halls in the wee hours of the morning,
responding to emergencies appropriate to my level of training.
Motivated by my own state of chronic sleep deprivation, I began an
informal research project. The basic question was whether these
patients were hospitalized by virtue of serendipity or personal
indiscretion. My survey affirmed the latter conclusion, which at the
time meant that if these patients had better seen to their health care,
I would have been able to sleep uninterrupted through the night.
Robertson RG. Sherry and Richard. JAMA. 1999;281(10):874. doi:10.1001/jama.281.10.874
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