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On Being a Patient

Frank Davidoff, MD, Editor
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Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(2):269-270. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-124-2-199601150-00015
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Since it began in Annals 5 years ago, “On Being a Doctor” has attracted enthusiastic interest and attention. Many readers tell us it is the first thing they read when their copy arrives. Authors send an average of about three manuscripts a week to this department (some 7% of our total submissions), and 73 of the best pieces have been collected into a widely read book. Our authors tell about the sobering, satisfying, anguishing, exhilarating experiences of doctoring; their stories are always deeply felt. And increasingly, they tell the story from the other side of the desk, the other end of the bed: the experience of being a patient. We have decided, therefore, that the patient's universe deserves its own place in our pages. Hence, this issue of Annals contains the first of a new series, “On Being a Patient,” a natural extension of and counterpart to the doctor's perspective. We intend to publish this feature from time to time as appropriate manuscripts appear.

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