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A Piece of My Mind
April 23/30, 2003

One More Time

JAMA. 2003;289(16):2037-2038. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2037

He is too tall for the hospital bed; his feet press against the low footboard. His knees form twin peaks under the blanket. With one hand he grips the edge of the sheet, ready to stand, as if he hadn't decided whether to stay or to leave. Two puffs of black hair above his ears frame a shining central baldness that contrasts sharply with the visible hirsuteness of his chest and arms. He uses these physical attributes as ammunition to produce a constant barrage of jokes and one-liners that invariably begin the minute I walk into his room. Even when he listens with serious intent, the mischievous twinkle in his eyes never disappears. A rather aquiline nose and a wide mouth complete the rest of an expressive face that radiates intelligence.

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