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ACP-ASIM Pressroom

ACP-ASIM Publishes "On Being A Doctor 2"

December 20, 1999

First-Person Accounts of Humanity in Medicine

PHILADELPHIA -- (December 20, 1999) "On Being a Doctor 2," a collection of essays and poetry by physicians and patients relating individual experiences in medicine, has been published by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM), the nation's largest medical specialty organization.

Edited by Michael A. LaCombe, MD, the book is compiled from short essays originally published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The first section of the book, "On Being a Doctor," profiles moments when physicians come face-to-face with humanity — their own and that of their patients. The authors discuss everything from the guilt and pain of losing a patient, to balancing medicine and family, to the battle between a patient's religious beliefs and saving the patient's life.

In the book's second section, "On Being a Patient," there are tales of patients who force doctors to see them as individuals, not cases, and there are stories from patient's relatives about good and bad end-of-life care experiences. Doctors who find themselves on the other side of the bedrail relate how illness forced them to re-evaluate the level of care and compassion they provide for their patients.

The final section of the book, Ad Libitum, also from Annals of Internal Medicine, features a collection of poems by doctors who explore how medicine affects all aspects of their lives. It includes works from the winners of the Annals of Internal Medicine Poetry Prize such as "Concerning Emma" by Phillip J. Cozzi, MD, "The Shoe" by Jack Coulehan, MD, and "The Palindrome" by Paula Tatarunis, MD.

The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing continuing medical education for its members so that internists may provide the best quality care for their patients. ACP, founded in 1915, and ASIM, founded in 1956, merged in July 1998. Membership comprises more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. The College's publishing program includes journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, electronic products, and books for the medical community and general reader.

Contact

Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655

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