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West J Med. Dec 1984; 141(6): 846–854.
PMCID: PMC1011219

Physicians' Own Health—Some Advice for the Advisors

Abstract

Information about physicians' health and health practices is sparse and scattered. With a few exceptions, however—notably suicide and substance abuse—it appears that physicians' health and health-promotion activities are at least similar to those of the general public. In some areas, such as smoking cessation, physicians have far outstripped the general public. As physicians gain more insight into their own health and health habits, advice to patients can be realistic and effective. Indeed, several personal health activities, including immunization, have direct, salutary impacts on patient care. Physicians should analyze and change their own health practices as indicated and pay special attention to “high yield” health habits, such as seat-belt use.

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