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The well-being of physicians

      Although there has been tremendous progress in our understanding of disease and in interventions to restore health, many physicians have lost sight of their personal well-being. Physicians now confront the stresses of increasing government regulations, malpractice suits, the business aspects of medicine, increased clinical demands, less time with patients, a rapidly expanding knowledge base, rising student debt, and how to balance their personal and professional lives. Although many physicians acknowledge the existence of these stresses, it is difficult to fully understand their effect on health. After all, “Illness doesn’t belong to us. It belongs to them, the patients. Doctors need to be taught to be ill. We need permission to be ill and to acknowledge that we are not superhuman” (
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      Illness doesn’t belong to us.
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