Shanafelt and colleagues wrote a thoughtful article on physician grief, titled "When Your Favorite Patient Relapses: Physician Grief and Well-Being in the Practice of Oncology," which appeared in the July 2003 Journal of Clinical Oncology. They stated, "[A]lthough much has been written about the grieving process of patients and their families, little is known about physician grief. As a professional caregiver, the physician is expected to be an honest, compassionate, and knowledgeable guide who is able to advise and comfort patents and families in their most desperate hours. But physicians are no less human than others. In fact, many have been drawn to medicine through their sensitivities to the needs and suffering of others."