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August 18, 1989

The Intern Blues: The Private Ordeals of Three Young Doctors

Author Affiliations

The Woodlands, Tex

The Woodlands, Tex

JAMA. 1989;262(7):960. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430070108046

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Next time you get nostalgic for internship, pick up Robert Marion's The Intern Blues and you'll be cured. The book is a collection of taped diaries kept by three pediatric interns training in New York City. The diaries were kept at the request of Dr Marion, who was faculty advisor for the interns.

The book is very close to home for someone like myself who trained in a large pediatric residency program. The growth and changes experienced by these interns are universal to interns in any type of training program, however. Fresh out of medical school, few physicians feel they are ready for the responsibilities placed on them in internship. By facing those responsibilities, each develops a personal style and method for handling the pressures of medicine. After reading this book, I feel I have shared a very personal journey with these interns through their first year after medical school.