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A Piece of My Mind
October 28, 1998

Don't Call Me "Larry"

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1998;280(16):1385. doi:10.1001/jama.280.16.1385

"Don't call me ‘Larry'! You have no right! My name is Mr Grayson! Lawrence Grayson!"

I listen, clad in a faded blue-and-white cotton hospital gown and underpants, waiting for Dr Lerner to enter examining room number 2. It is the day of my semiannual checkup with the oncologist. I've been waiting at least 15 minutes in this room that I know looks just like the one Mr Grayson is bellowing from. My thick, color-coded medical chart is sitting in the wire holder just outside the door.

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