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April 17, 2018

Physician Well-being and the Regenerative Power of Caring

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Reno
JAMA. 2018;319(15):1543-1544. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1539

In 1948, Life magazine published what has become an iconic and, for many, nostalgic photograph essay depicting the life and work of Dr Ernest Ceriani, a Colorado general practitioner.1 Among the 38 photographs is one of Dr Ceriani attempting to save the eye of a 2-year-old girl who was kicked by a horse, another of him carrying an 85-year-old man to the operating room to amputate a gangrenous leg, and another showing him holding a newly delivered infant. His expressive face shows anguish, anxiety, uncertainty, and exhaustion—and triumph. Nowhere in the article does the word “burnout” appear.