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Two chapters in this short book appeared as articles in The New England Journal of Medicine in its 24 March 1983 (Chapter 8) and 12 January 1984 (Chapter 6) issues. I am ambivalent about recommending the remaining 13 chapters.
Dr. Hilfiker is a good writer and his style is reminiscent of Richard Selzer and Lewis Thomas. His book, unlike those by Selzer and Thomas, left me unfulfilled and occasionally irritated.
Hilfiker details the psychologic and physical burdens of rural medical practice in a small town in Minnesota. We are introduced to the sometimes explosive issues surrounding the physician-patient relationship through
Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at His Work.. Ann Intern Med. ;104:140–141. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-1-140_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(1):140-141.
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