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August 1989

Medicine: Preserving the Passion

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles, Calif
Houston Tex

Arch Surg. 1989;124(8):995. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1989.01410080131023

To the Editor.—We were disappointed that the review1 of our book Medicine: Preserving the Passion that appeared in the February issue of the Archives clouded our purpose, scope, and central thesis, all clearly expressed in our preface. To dispel the nebulosity in the review, we cite herein specific statements from our preface.

The application of methods to enhance involvement and satisfaction in practice rewards the physician and his patients time and again. To capture these rewarding principles, we interviewed or surveyed 621 physicians—academicians and private practitioners—as well as some spouses.... We... sought those who used professional techniques that other practitioners might find useful.... This book, which synthesizes information derived from our interviews, other research, and experience, is intended to help physicians profit the most—intellectually, clinically, and emotionally—from their practice. Emphasis is on methods that link education to specific patients' problems.

Our interviewees described individual methods of optimizing time

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