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Hi. I'm Eric.

I'm an Internal Medicine physician. I live in San Diego, CA with my wife, toddler and dachshund.

I care for many hundreds of patients a year. At best, I get to talk to them for a couple of minutes at a time. I created History of Present Illness to try to recapture what it is that makes the practice of medicine special: an exchange of stories between people. Authentic connections between doctor and patient are becoming rarer in our current fast-paced healthcare climate, where the focus is on ever-increasing efficiency and productivity. Often, the greatest reward comes from slowing down and taking some time to just listen.


I am grateful to the patients who have trusted me with their stories, many of which are highly personal. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed  hearing them.

 - Eric Beam, MD