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The Internist's Reading: Purposeful Eclecticism

Janice L. Willms, MD, PhD
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Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1995;122(2):158. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-122-2-199501150-00028
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How do we internists, as generally unsystematic readers of works outside of medicine, learn about the existence of a particular piece of literature? Many of my “finds” come as unanticipated spinoffs of a research or teaching task. As I consider my past months' extracurricular reading, I find myself reflecting on the “disconnects” among the memorable favorites. There is little pattern to their genres, nations of origin, subject matter, or years of publication. The pieces are related to one another largely by virtue of having been discovered serendipitously in the course of a work-related project.

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