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Writing for Our Lives: Physician Narratives and Medical Practice

Kate Scannell, MD
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Requests for Single Reprints: Kate Scannell, MD, The Permanente Medical Group, 1800 Harrison Street, Suite 410, Oakland, CA 94612; e-mail, Kate.Scannell@kp.org.

Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(9):779-781. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-137-9-200211050-00034
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Having grown up with 11 siblings, I learned at an early age that there often existed multiple, contradictory versions of what I thought should stand as a singular truth (my own). We 12 lived a pluripotent family history in the very moments of its making, trendsetters, perhaps, for the later emergence of the deconstruction movement. And as the decades passed, even the “hard facts” tethering our disparate recollections frequently dissolved in the fog of collective memory: “No, it was Uncle Bill who dropped the meatloaf,” or, “You're wrong! It was on Christmas day that you ruined my life forever.”

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