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A Piece of My Mind
June 8, 2011

Way Back When

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Author Affiliation: Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (

JAMA. 2011;305(22):2266-2267. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.419

Next time, perhaps I won't venture into a closed space with a bioethicist. I lead a lovely, busy double life as a medical oncologist and mother of three small boys. Opportunities for reflective adult conversation are, to put it mildly, widely spaced. But I recently found myself landed with just such an opportunity. On the way to join our families for a weekend trip that had started without us, my friend Brad and I reveled in the rare chance for child-free chitchat, inevitably drifting to reminiscences. Way back when.

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