In special sections such as this one (A Piece of My Mind), leading medical journals publish physicians’ narrative anecdotes. These narratives offer a unique window onto the practice of medicine, and, in a context of current concerns about physician wellness and rising rates of burnout,1 they may constitute an untapped resource for understanding how physicians perceive their personal and professional challenges. Using a narrative inquiry approach,2 we explored the stories that physicians spontaneously chose to tell about the practice of medicine in narrative sections of medical journals, focusing on the lessons conveyed, the narrative strategies used to convey them, and the relationships between the two.
Moniz T, Lingard L, Watling C. Stories Doctors Tell. JAMA. 2017;318(2):124–125. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.5518