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Jeffrey A. Katt, MD
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Milwaukee Medical Clinic
Milwaukee, WI 53217


© 1992 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(7):607. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-7-607
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We all have had one patient we never forget. For me that patient was Helen. I was in my fourth month of internship and, like many of my colleagues, had doubts concerning my career choice of internal medicine. It seemed my patients never improved and were bouncing in and out of the hospital on a monthly basis. Yes, there was the occasional young patient with pneumonia who made a complete recovery, but it seemed that the patients I was most familiar with, those with chronic lung disease or congestive heart failure or diabetes or cancer, would often show only modest

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