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A Piece of My Mind
February 2, 2000

Good Fridays

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2000;283(5):576-577. doi:10.1001/jama.283.5.576

It is the last afternoon of the work week. The clinic nurse greets me with "TGIF, Dr Singer!" I laugh agreeably and enter room one. A middle-aged woman with diabetes complains of a swollen bunion on her right foot. I refer her to a podiatrist and allay her concerns about taking occasional Tylenol. I wish her a good afternoon.

As I move on to room two, I notice the shining sun through the hall window.

A younger man with recurrent lymphoma is coughing up a storm. He feels well overall, without fever, but he once tested positive for tuberculosis, so I put a mask on his face and awkwardly explain the simple truth: I'm protecting myself. Fortunately, a radiology technician is available on Fridays. I order a pair of chest films.

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