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Empathy and the Literary Imagination

Lawrence J. Schneiderman, MD
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Dr. Schneiderman: University of California, San Diego; La Jolla, CA 92093-0622

Note: Dr. Schneiderman is a published novelist (Sea Nymphs by the Hour), short story writer (Pushcart Nomination), and playwright (DramaLogue award).

Requests for Single Reprints: Lawrence J. Schneiderman, MD, Departments of Family and Preventive Medicine and Medicine, 9500 Gilman Drive MC 0622, La Jolla, CA 92093; e-mail, ljs@ucsd.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(7):627-629. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-137-7-200210010-00033
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Once while trying to persuade an adolescent diabetic patient to attend more carefully to her diet and insulin, I heard my voice echo in a strange chamber of my memory. Not the lecture hall with its erudite revelations of glucose and lipid metabolism, hyperglycemic pathologies, and insulin mechanisms of action, but rather the stunted, plaintive, haunted world of J.D. Salinger.

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