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The organizing fiction in this collection, Richard Selzer's fourth, is a correspondence with a recent medical graduate just setting out in the author's specialty, surgery. Its audience, however, is those of us interested in meditating on the nature of the surgeon's task and on medicine as a whole.
For graduation Selzer presents the young doctor with his father's textbook of physical diagnosis, and it is the occasion for his rumination on the nature of disease and the mysteries of the body. Subsequent essays offer counsel on the care of instruments, on the proper motivation for a surgeon, on anger and
Letters to a Young Doctor.. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:429–430. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-429_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):429-430.
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