Views & Reviews Medical classic

Healing the Wounds

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 17 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1061
  1. James Curran, GP locum, Glasgow
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    David Hilfiker wrote Healing the Wounds in 1982; it is based on his experience of working in rural medicine in the 1970s in Grand Marais, a small town in Minnesota, USA, whose population in the summer months is supplemented by an influx of tourists. The book largely consists of a collection of anecdotal descriptions of semi fictionalised cases of patients he treated.

    From the description so far, and a familiarity with the sort of autobiographical books doctors tend to write, one could expect a …

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