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A Piece of My Mind
September 2, 2009

Howard

JAMA. 2009;302(9):929-930. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1170

We all know the dictum: A physician who cares for himself has a fool for a doctor. Does a similar rule apply when your child has a fever, your mother has fatigue, or your spouse has unexplained weight loss?

Howard is a 58-year-old psychiatrist who lives in verdant Oregon. Kind, empathetic, generous, insightful, uncomplaining. Healthy. With a wonderful family and a dog who commands a great deal of his attention. And walking his dog was how his illness began.

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