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A Piece of My Mind
March 18, 2009


JAMA. 2009;301(11):1105-1106. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.350

Because of the specialty you chose, and by dint of your personality and the way you practice medicine, I’m sure this letter will be familiar to you; just another missive from a bereaved family member of one of your patients, gushing gratitude for the care of her beloved (good feelings have to find a place to go, in the mix of the displacement of death and vexed family dynamics and often, I suspect, get planted on physicians, whether deserved or not); just another pile of clichés and the inanities we say and think in times when our thinking is muddied by grief.

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