To the Editor. —
The defense by Dr Dandoy1 of her public health practice was stirring and, I suspect, accurate. I fear, however, she might have misunderstood the question: "Have you ever practiced medicine?"I suspect that when that question is asked the real questions are: "Have you ever experienced the frustrations of standing beside the bed of a dying patient knowing there is nothing more you can do?" "Have you had to tell the family of a patient that their loved one has just died?" "Do you drag yourself to the hospital in the middle of the night to provide emergency care to a patient you have never seen who presents with a critical illness?" "Have you been told by Blue Cross/Blue Shield that all of the above activities are unnecessary and unreasonable and that they have no intention of reimbursing you for them?" and "Have you become
Rose RC. The Practice of Medicine. JAMA. 1989;261(20):2951. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420200041013
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