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Perspective
Physician Work Environment and Well-Being
August 2017

Re-Enchanting Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(8):1075-1076. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.2413

On occasion, we meet someone who stirs in us the ancient belief that the world is enchanted.

Mr Maurice Sapiro was in his late 70s when we met. A little man who was hard of hearing, his eyes twinkled when he spoke. He walked with a cane but his stature and personality conjured an image of a woodland elf who danced in the moonlight.

Mr Sapiro had been widowed for some years. He cared for a disabled adult son who lived with him. A former elementary school music teacher, he paid the bills with neither difficulty nor surplus. By all accounts, Mr Sapiro was fairly average. But I sensed that he had a secret and determined at our first appointment that I would figure it out.

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