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A Piece of My Mind
July 27, 2011


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Author Affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, Austin Regional Clinic at Quarry Lake, Austin, Texas (

JAMA. 2011;306(4):355-356. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1031

The sound came with the startling jolt of the first burst of a Fourth of July fireworks display. I couldn't tell you if it was high-pitched or low-pitched, even if it was a sound at all. It was an instinctual sensation, a resonating sound through the chest, through the bones. A sound that you feel, like the sound of a dinger off your favorite bat, the sound of a driver sending that white orb 250 yards straight down the fairway, or the finality of sound when a fastball finds home in a catcher's mitt.

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