American College of Physicians: Internal Medicine — Doctors for Adults ®

Advertisement

Letters to the Editor

From the November/December ACP Internist, copyright © 2012 by the American College of Physicians

Patients’ stories vital to medicine

I enjoyed the President’s Message by David L. Bronson, MD, FACP, in the September 2012 ACP Internist (“Stories of real patients reinforce the values of medicine”). Having been in practice myself for more than 40 years, I also have lots of stories such as these. As someone once said, “It’s the stories that keep us going.” I cannot envision retiring from practice and losing out on all this. To be able to participate in the whole life cycle of our patients is a great privilege and a great joy. And, as Dr. Bronson suggests, it keeps you both humble and human.

I find it lamentable that many doctors just entering practice today will never get to know their patients well enough to appreciate their stories. More and more, internists now participate only in episodes of care. How that diminishes the role of the doctor and the experience of the patient!

James Brosseau, MD, FACP
Grand Forks, N.D.

Top

This is a printer-friendly version of this page

Print this page  |  Close the preview

Share

 
 

Internist Archives Quick Links

What will you learn from your Annals Virtual Patient?

Reviews of the World's Top Medical Journals—FREE to ACP Members! Annals Virtual Patients is a unique patient care simulator that mirrors real patient care decisions and consequences. CME Credit and MOC Points are available. Start off with a FREE sample case. Start your journey now.

Products and Resources for Patients

Products and Resources for PatientsACP has developed easy- to-use materials designed to help educate your patients on self-management of a wide variety of common health conditions. Order yours today!