A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
Day 1. It is 4 PM on the stroke rehabilitation
unit as I walk into a room to find my new patient, Mr Burton, lying in bed.
He appears fatigued but alert. Having reviewed his transfer summary from the
acute-care hospital, I already know much of his medical history, including
his right hemiplegia. I extend my right hand to his left in an awkward variation
of a handshake. "Good afternoon, Mr Burton. My name is Dr Stein." I introduce
myself, deliberately trying to inject a tone of optimism into my voice.
Stein J. A Fragile Commodity. JAMA. 2000;283(3):305-306. doi:10.1001/jama.283.3.305