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January 16, 1960


JAMA. 1960;172(3):246. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030040012

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Physicians comprise a coterie of professional personnel who have latent or overt talent in composition that they cannot for long escape. The capacity for expression of recurring thoughts in some instances is well recognized by their bibulous brethren and may even reach the written stage. In others the urge is present but lies dormant. Whether one is a little-known William B. Bean or a poor man's Walter Lippmann, this appeal is applicable. "Letters to the Editor" is the pertinent problem. The physician need not wear a toga to be heard on this forum. One does not need even a discarded box of Procter and Gamble's best.

The preparation of a patient's history in medical school, a summary report as an intern, or an essay on interesting cases as a dissertation before a medical society provides an opportunity for written expression. Such a background may suffice to start the physician on

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