ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW WEBSITE: “PHYSICIANS’ REFLECTIONS ON FIFTY YEARS OF PATIENT CARE, 1954-2004”.
This announces a new website, “Physicians’ Reflections on Fifty Years of Patient Care, 1954-2004” sponsored by the Office of Alumni relations at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. It consists of 26 narratives by physician graduates of the Class of 1954 including three by widows of classmates. Each narrative responds to the question “How did the momentous changes in medical knowledge and delivery of health care over the fifty years since graduation affect your personal experiences with patient care and your relationships with patients?”
This Class of 1954 project was stimulated by the realization that our careers spanned an unprecedented period of change in medical practice and patient care, thus furnishing us with a unique overview of these changes. The result is a collection of narratives reflecting a wide range of attitudes and experiences about patient care that we hope will be of interest to providers, planners and historians of contemporary health care. The website is
An introduction precedes the collection and each narrative includes a brief biography of the author. They are in PDF file format and can be opened with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
For those of you who wish to contact any of the essayists, comment on these narratives or add your own personal reflections, we invite you to do so at the link provided with the essays.