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A Piece of My Mind
February 13, 2008

In the Here and Now

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2008;299(6):613-614. doi:10.1001/jama.299.6.613

He sits quietly, in a familiar zone, his comfy recliner. Oblivious to the incessant sounds of the television and without adequate vision to decipher the images anyway, he dozes, head bent into his cupped hand. His daughter approaches, nameless yet familiar, joining him on the journey back to awareness. “It's me, Dad, your oldest daughter, Hedy” (mameleh, the endearing Yiddish term, helps here). Come back to me now, from the land of the existing to the land of the living.

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