Why we write (and how we can do it better)

Peterkin, Allan
October 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/19/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 15, p1650
Academic Journal
A essay is presented on narrative writing in medical practice. It cites the benefits the doctors can achieve by writing about their personal experiences in academic and clinical settings, including the potential to improve patient care and foster empathy. The author summarizes the five errors he commonly sees when doctors start writing.


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