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December 1971

Emotional Issues in the Lives of Physicians.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(6):997-998. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310240151031

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Duffy has favored himself, and every member of his medical profession, with a very great service indeed, in working-up and publishing this excellent little book. I report whole, the concise and comprehensive first paragraph of his Preface:

Every man in his personal journey through life must chart a course marked by uncertainty and danger from within and without. The bond of human nature determines that many of the demands and stresses of living are common to all. Fear, poverty, disease, prejudice, and numerous other ancient adversaries have tested the mettle of man's health and emotional maturity. Since antiquity there have been groups of men who, by their choice of profession, must cope with special issues inherent in their life work which pose unique problems and emotional risks. The medical profession represents a group of men, who by their oath and their practice are indeed special. Their role as physician is

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