The full content of Annals is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >
On Being a Doctor |

Working against the Grain

David P. Steensma, MD
[+] Article, Author, and Disclosure Information

From the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905.

Requests for Single Reprints: David P. Steensma, MD, Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905; e-mail, Steensma.david@mayo.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(9):697-698. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-144-9-200605020-00016
Text Size: A A A

I paused under the carved lintel that crowned the doorway of his battered clapboard farmhouse. Despite the sanction of the Hippocratic oath (Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick …), I remain uncomfortable when entering my patients' homes, especially when there is little to offer beyond the dubious benefit of my presence. The probing intimacies of routine medical practice don't bother me much anymore, but home visits still seem a deeper invasion of privacy—like sitting abruptly on the corner of an occupied hospital bed, or eavesdropping on an unguarded telephone conversation while reading a chart outside a room.





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

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