Interesting story by a physician-writer and journalism professor about the ethics of the patient stories he tells. I am a career journalist, now working in a medical school, so the mission and the rules are changing for me, and how I handle patient stories is evolving as I adapt to my new role. My values and approach remain journalistic. I never make up any facts. I never build in any fiction. I always strive to identify the patient if the patient is willing. I always strive to protect the patient's dignity. As more and more physicians write, there is much room here for a rich discussion.