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June 1, 2008

Who Will Care for Me When I Get Sick?

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;134(6):580. doi:10.1001/archotol.134.6.580

Since I am apparently now considered a senior member of our specialty, a fact with which I have not yet become comfortable, I am permitted, and in some circles expected, to begin to share my perspectives and points of view with my younger colleagues. Those of you who know me recognize that I have not waited until my “senior status” to exercise this “rite of passage.”

The concern I wish to present to you in this brief time is the apparent change in the focus of our profession as a whole and our specialty toward the delivery of health care. This may be less complex and medically challenging than discussing diagnosis and treatment, and probably less stimulating, but I refer to the alteration in perspective of physicians regarding the time one should commit to the practice of medicine.

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