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The Art and the Calling
November 2002

Going to See Jack

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(11):1435-1436. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.11.1435

Disaffected doctors are now, I have heard, a worldwide phenomenon. How can this be, given the satisfactions that the practice of medicine offers? Some say it is simply the burden of overwork; others, the microsupervisory and hyperaccountability culture of audit and appraisal; some even, the domination of our journals by impenetrable genetics and improbable epidemiology. The real reasons may be hard to identify, yet we may still be able to counteract them. Some medicines work even when we don't know why.

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