The full content of Annals is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >
Editorials |

On Being a Patient

Frank Davidoff, MD, Editor
[+] Article, Author, and Disclosure Information

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
Text Size: A A A

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.

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview





Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Submit a Comment/Letter
Submit a Comment/Letter

Summary for Patients

Clinical Slide Sets

Terms of Use

The In the Clinic® slide sets are owned and copyrighted by the American College of Physicians (ACP). All text, graphics, trademarks, and other intellectual property incorporated into the slide sets remain the sole and exclusive property of the ACP. The slide sets may be used only by the person who downloads or purchases them and only for the purpose of presenting them during not-for-profit educational activities. Users may incorporate the entire slide set or selected individual slides into their own teaching presentations but may not alter the content of the slides in any way or remove the ACP copyright notice. Users may make print copies for use as hand-outs for the audience the user is personally addressing but may not otherwise reproduce or distribute the slides by any means or media, including but not limited to sending them as e-mail attachments, posting them on Internet or Intranet sites, publishing them in meeting proceedings, or making them available for sale or distribution in any unauthorized form, without the express written permission of the ACP. Unauthorized use of the In the Clinic slide sets will constitute copyright infringement.


Buy Now for $32.00

to gain full access to the content and tools.

Want to Subscribe?

Learn more about subscription options

Related Articles
Related Point of Care
Topic Collections
Forgot your password?
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a reminder to the email address on record.