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January 1990

A Piece of My Mind

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Waban, Mass


edited by Bruce B. Dan and Roxanne K. Young, 256 pp, New York, NY, Random House Inc, 1988, $18.95.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(1):27. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070030033017

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A Piece of My Mind is an admirable compilation of 80 essays selected from over 425 published since 1980 in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The contributors were asked to describe the most dramatic and inspiring experiences of their careers. The book was ably edited by Bruce Dan, MD, and Roxanne Young, and it contains several insightful commentaries by Dr Dan. The physician-reader will relive his or her own encounters with triumph, defeat, accomplishment, and failure, will envy the heroism and empathy of colleagues, and cannot fail to marvel at the tremendous literary skill displayed by many of the contributors. The lay reader may get important insights into some of the problems that beset harassed interns and mature physicians. There is plenty of food for the current appetite of the public for stories and information about diseases, physicians, and hospitals.

"... the most impressive and tragic essay is that

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