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On Being a Doctor: The Hands of an Angel

“…I believe with abiding certainty that in that first frightened, hopeful, elated, grief-stricken week in July, nearly half a century ago, I was touched by the hands of an angel.”

Use this essay to:

  • Find a quiet spot to listen to an audio recording of this essay with your team, read by Dr. Michael LaCombe.
  • Allow time for quiet after the reading.
  • Consider whether you have ever experienced things they cannot explain in the care of patients.
  • How have such experiences affected you?

Annals of Internal Medicine is the premier internal medicine academic journal published by the American College of Physicians (ACP). It is one of the most widely cited and influential specialty medical journals in the world.

Back to the January 2019 issue of ACP IMpact