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A Piece of My Mind
April 3, 2013

The Clock Doctor

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania (

JAMA. 2013;309(13):1357-1358. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1560

There it was, a yellow (and yellowing) Post-it, ultimately requiring tape to remain attached, fixed to the base of the clock that sits on my desk at work and on which I had written in blue ink “The Clock Doctor.” Those same words appeared on my “To Write” list each year from 2001 through 2009, although the story never got written. But now, spurred by an invitation to join a physician writers group, I have tried to re-create the memories evoked by this clock and recount how its life was saved by the Clock Doctor.

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