The Hero in Medicine
Michael Radetsky, MD
JAMA. May 5, 2015;313(17):1715.
We all need our heroes.
I am nearing the end of my career in medicine. Like others who reach this professional milestone, I have mixed feelings about my doctoring life. At the beginning I was in love with the nobility of the profession. Now I am not so sure. Enthusiasm in medicine often fades with advancing age. Intense clinical practice fosters isolation. Long hours monopolize time. The repetitive patterns of illness blunt the sense of discovery and dull the edge of motivation. Professional satisfaction has not fully compensated for a waning sense of wonder. Now more than ever I am in need of inspiration. And so, as always, I turn to my hero.
… In a profession that contains many personal risks, too often we feel alone. Other physicians often will not help; family and friends often cannot help. So when I struggle with dark emotions, when I feel insufficient to the task, when I feel disoriented, as I do now, I look to my hero for guidance.
Family Health History: The Case for Better Tools
Brandon M. Welch, MS, PhD1; Willard Dere, MD2; Joshua D. Schiffman, MD3,4
JAMA. May 5, 2015;313(17):1711-1712
This Viewpoint discusses the importance of the family health history and the need for novel family history tools in the changing health care environment.
Continued Progress Against Hepatitis C Infection
Hari Conjeevaram, MD
JAMA. May 5, 2015;313(17):1716-1717
Ramelteon for Prevention of Delirium in Hospitalized Older Patients
Stany M. T. Perkisas, MD; Maurits F. J. Vandewoude, MD
Albert C. Eycleshymer, B.S., M.D., Ph.D.
On the various structures of the human body there has piled up such a mass of technical terms that the science of anatomy staggers beneath its own terminology.