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On Being a Doctor

Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(11):820. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-11-820
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In this issue, we inaugurate a new section in Annals of Internal Medicine, "On Being a Doctor." Since assuming the editorship, we have received occasional submissions, some fictional and others factual, that examined the human experiences of being a doctor and thus reflected the literary and philosophic sides of medicine. These submissions did not fit readily into any existing section of the journal, yet they were about such a central part of being a physician that it seemed Annals should make a place for them.

Annals is, first and foremost, a scientific medical journal. Its major purpose is to disseminate


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