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Intuition of a Clinical Sort

Herbert J. Keating III, MD
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Requests for Reprints: Herbert J. Keating, III, MD, Chief, Medical Service (111), VA Medical Center, Des Moines, IA 50310.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Des Moines, IA 50310

© 1992 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(9):785. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-9-785
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Taking care of doctors can often teach us how to take better care of other patients, especially when a given doctor-patient is a clinician of the highest excellence. I must tell you about Dr. John. I always looked forward to his visits. As the retired dean of pediatrics, John had seen it all in medicine. He began his practice when physicians were more revered than now, during an era when a baby who was not meant to survive did not. Grief was often eased by a doctor's contribution to a collective certainty that God's will had been done. Dr. John






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