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A Piece of My Mind
March 10, 1999

Sherry and Richard

JAMA. 1999;281(10):874. doi:10.1001/jama.281.10.874

Much to the chagrin of my residents, I still have reasonably clear memories of my internship year. I can recall patrolling the hospital's halls in the wee hours of the morning, responding to emergencies appropriate to my level of training. Motivated by my own state of chronic sleep deprivation, I began an informal research project. The basic question was whether these patients were hospitalized by virtue of serendipity or personal indiscretion. My survey affirmed the latter conclusion, which at the time meant that if these patients had better seen to their health care, I would have been able to sleep uninterrupted through the night.

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