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A Life in Medicine

A Life in Medicine REFLECTIONS SECTION EDITOR: WILLIAM J. RICHTSMEIER, MD, PhD NUMBER OF RECENT CONVERSATIONS EN- be minimized. The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in couraged me to pause and contemplate not the early part of the 20th century was discussing similar only my own career but also changes in issues with a young doctor, Dr Drury. After some thought medicine overall. The first conversation was he wrote Drury this letter: A with Ora Smith. I arrived late to a dinner Dear Drury, at Howard and Ora’s home in New York and was fortu- I have thought a fair amount about our conversation on Sun- nate to sit at a quiet table with her. Ora is a chronological day and I would like to say a few things.... 80 years old but far younger in body and spirit. She has been integral to Howard Smith’s long and distinguished Mainly I think this: Don’t think about yourself, but think about career in otolaryngology. She said about medicine that it others, e.g., your patients.... provided an opportunity to “live a life of the mind and also The thing now is to live in the world in which you are, not to provide public service—what could be http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2005 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6181
eISSN
2168-619X
DOI
10.1001/archotol.131.9.759
pmid
16172350
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Abstract

REFLECTIONS SECTION EDITOR: WILLIAM J. RICHTSMEIER, MD, PhD NUMBER OF RECENT CONVERSATIONS EN- be minimized. The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in couraged me to pause and contemplate not the early part of the 20th century was discussing similar only my own career but also changes in issues with a young doctor, Dr Drury. After some thought medicine overall. The first conversation was he wrote Drury this letter: A with Ora Smith. I arrived late to a dinner Dear Drury, at Howard and Ora’s home in New York and was fortu- I have thought a fair amount about our conversation on Sun- nate to sit at a quiet table with her. Ora is a chronological day and I would like to say a few things.... 80 years old but far younger in body and spirit. She has been integral to Howard Smith’s long and distinguished Mainly I think this: Don’t think about yourself, but think about career in otolaryngology. She said about medicine that it others, e.g., your patients.... provided an opportunity to “live a life of the mind and also The thing now is to live in the world in which you are, not to provide public service—what could be

Journal

JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 1, 2005

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