Michael T. Kovalchik, MD
To the Editors: Most of the letters written in response to Dr. LaCombe's "Playing God" (1) were analytical, as if reviewing a scientific manuscript. Few accepted this story for what it was, a piece of literature. Its purpose, through poetic license, was to evoke a response, piercing the armor of indifference to reveal the intense interior life of a physician.
As I read the story of Kitty and Earl for the first time I was overcome by raw emotion. My response was similar to my children's when they eat a special treat, taking a few bites, then tucking it away
Kovalchik MT. "Playing God" as an Act of Hope. Ann Intern Med. ;117:1060. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-12-1060
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(12):1060.
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