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A Piece of My Mind
September 8, 2010

The Hands That Guide Me

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

JAMA. 2010;304(10):1049. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1291

Between the scrapes from paper cuts, the finger on which a ring is worn, and the color of nail polish, the hands of the human body tell a story. They are the most mysterious reflection of character. The hands that firmly grasp and shake another's in a sign of welcome are the same that clench with anger or quiver with anxiety. The evil caused and harm inflicted by one set of hands can also wipe the tears and pull at hair in grief and agony. Surgeons are blessed with steady hands for a reason: they reduce the trembling in the hands of worried family members, counteract pain and destruction, and alter creation for the better by fixing fault and disease within the body. A surgeon has the remarkable gift of a set of multifunctional and dexterous hands.

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