John W. Burnside, MD
Requests for Single Reprints: John W. Burnside, MD, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75235; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burnside JW. Short Takes. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:837-838. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-135-9-200111060-00014
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(9):837-838.
I have become a usual and customary physician. I didn't plan on it, and it happened without my paying much attention. Since I get paid the usual and customary fee, I must be a usual and customary doctor. Strange—I thought I was better than that. I thought that because of my experience and apparent success, at least as determined by the number of patients who want to see me but whom I must refuse, that I was better than average. I guess not. I thought, too, that when I referred my patients to surgeons that I was being careful to select the professionals who were the best for my patients—the ones with the most experience, the best results, and the best doctor–patient relationships. Then, I discovered that these surgeons, too, were just usual and customary. I guess there is no difference among doctors.
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
Copyright © 2016 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only