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What Is Internal Medicine?

Michael LaCombe, MD
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Requests for Reprints: Michael A. LaCombe, MD, Oxford Hills Internal Medicine Group, 23 Winter Street, Norway, ME 04268.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1993;118(5):384-387. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-118-5-199303010-00010
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On internist's view of what internal medicine comprises. Or should you have had those moments of uncommon richness: the sudden intimate connection with a friend, or the birth of a child, or the irresistible impulse to thoughtfulness. (Why are they so few, these epiphanies? Is it because we get caught up with the ordinary, intending to save these special moments, yet never quite return to them? Do we get sidetracked, never to get back to that special divergence that might give life meaning?)





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