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Is Primary Care Worth it?

Thanks to twitter, I just heard of The Color of Atmosphere: One Doctor’s Journey In and Out of Medicine, a book by Dr. Maggie Kozel. As a medical student planning on going into primary care, I can’t help but wonder about my decision when hearing things like this. I haven’t read the book yet. I don’t know if I want to. Maybe I have to work up the courage to do so.

One review by another physician author reads:

Dr. Kozel captures perfectly the malaise that has struck American medicine in general and primary care in particular. The chronicle of this intelligent and committed physician—who is frustrated at every turn as she tries to find satisfaction in a profession to which she had expected to dedicate her life—is a powerful indictment of our current system of medical care. We should have done better by her.
—Beach Conger, MD, physician and author, Bag Balm and Duct Tape: Tales of a Vermont Doctor

If you’ve read the book, I’d love to hear your opinions on it.

  • Rkozel3

    More power to you for setting your sights on primary care! If the book does what it was intended to do, it will help redirect our conversations to the important questions we all need to be asking about our health care – the first step towards strengthening primary care.

  • Beach Conger

    After 44 years I still feel privileged that I can do this work. Two of themstrewarding words I can ever here . “My doctor.”

    As to PCP, however, It is just what the name implies- a hallucination.