George Wesley, MD
To the Editor: In reviewing the report of the Resident Services Committee on stress and impairment in residency (1), I was reminded of the line attributed to the Israeli statesman, Abba Eban, "Consensus means that lots of people say collectively what nobody believes individually" (2). For, although certainly innocuous proposals, such as journal clubs, clear definition of expectations, and group social activities, are well taken and merit the enumeration so comprehensively provided in this report, the more central issue of "inordinate and inflexible time demands, fatigue, and sleep deprivation [that] are universally recognized as undesirable stresses of residency training," is
George Wesley. Stress in Residency. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:599–600. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-7-599
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(7):599-600.
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