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A Piece of My Mind
November 4, 1998

The Intervention

JAMA. 1998;280(17):1477. doi:10.1001/jama.280.17.1477

"Go in and take a history on this woman. She used to go to the OB clinic in our office, so we have her past medical history somewhere. She's here for vaginal discharge and itching," my preceptor said as she handed me the chart and disappeared down the hall.

I glanced at the note jotted on top by the nurse. It looked pretty typical: "25-year-old G6, P4, with possible STD." It was only the second week of my rotation and already I was jaded with the notion that most patients with this unfortunately familiar complaint were the same: poor, young, and naive.

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