Why physicians need to write Should doctors be able to write? At first glance, this might seem like a question with an easy answer. Yes, you might say, doctors receive a doctorate and are trusted with communicating to and about people at critical moments in their lives. Or you could reply, No, they are scientists and so need to be functional communicators able to write basic notes and prescriptions, and ...

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Where can doctors publish literary writing? There are many ways to write about health, medicine, and health care. And there are many people – patients, caregivers, policymakers, pundits, thought leaders, and health professionals – in a position to do so. Fortunately, the world also offers a similar and growing diversity of places in which to publish this sort of work. My focus today is more, well, literary. I know the word “literary” often ...

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Medical journals that accept stories and essays from physicians Health and health care are hot topics lately, and not just for journalists and bloggers debating Obamacare. Suddenly – or so it seems; in fact the trend has been building for years – people from all walks of life want to read about medicine. Within medicine, a majority of journals now have essay, viewpoint, or perspectives sections. Not only are such sections frequently ...

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Two famous American women. Two missed opportunities for improved quality of care and patient safety in America. In December, it was Hillary Clinton and in January, Barbara Walters. Both women fell, hit their heads, and ended up in the hospital. In each case, the focus of the media coverage reflected one of the biggest flaws in our American approach to medicine: readers and viewers learned about the costly and relatively high-tech ...

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