Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief; Michael A. LaCombe, MD, Associate Editor
Laine C, LaCombe MA. The Racist Patient. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:228. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-3-201308060-00021
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(3):228.
In “On Being a Doctor,” we accept essays that reflect the condition of doctoring and provoke thoughtful discussion of controversial aspects of our professional lives. Such acceptance never implies endorsement of a particular behavior or alignment with any expressed philosophy.
The provocative discussion generated by Dr. Jain's essay (1) has been particularly robust; the 4 letters selected for publication represent a spectrum of that discussion. As editors, we found Dr. Jain's piece most appealing for its central message: We are all human, and even physicians make mistakes. Our reaction to his egregious behavior, that we hope we would not make the same mistake, is the sort of reflection that we wanted this piece to engender, rather than mere judgment. Although our aim is to provoke, Dr. Jain's is to elicit empathy.
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