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On Being a Doctor

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1207
  1. Virginia Warren

    Ed Michael A LaCombe American College of Physicians, $38, pp 179 ISBN 0 943126 39 9

    This anthology of pieces from the Annals of Internal Medicine is superficially attractive to those of us who always preferentially read the easy bits of the BMJ. The articles equate roughly with what we see in the “Personal view” and “A patient/paper who/which changed my practice” columns.

    But they are gloomy, gloomy, gloomy. I dipped, I sampled, I tried the waters elsewhere. Always death. Eventually the o'erwhelming mortality o'ercame me and I took a census. There are 73 pieces, some prose, some poetry. Thirty nine deal centrally with dying …

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