PETER STELMACH, M.D.
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To the editor: Health care professionals are as susceptible to illness as their patients. Many have continued to practice and have achieved prominence in medicine despite chronic illness, but others have been forced to retire prematurely.
Dr. Spencer B. Lewis, a Harvard graduate and diabetic with progressive retinopathy, continued family practice with Mary, his wife and nurse practitioner, despite total blindness. Despite a legal challenge, no restriction was placed on his license by the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners. In 1981, Dr. Lewis founded the American Society of Handicapped Physicians. Today, the society has over 800 members in 46 states
STELMACH P. Handicapped Physicians. Ann Intern Med. ;102:270–271. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-2-270_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(2):270-271.
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