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A Piece of My Mind
June 21, 2000

Blood Lines

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2000;283(23):3043-3044. doi:10.1001/jama.283.23.3043

I couldn't believe what just happened. I closed my eyes and hoped it was a nightmare so that when I looked again, I'd find myself at home in my bed. Instead, there was a jagged scalp wound and a sobbing patient.

Stop the clock. Go back just a couple of seconds. Please don't let this be happening. I sat quietly beside the patient, unable to move. My hearing started to fade as the examination room darkened around the edges. Putting my head between my knees, I vowed not to lose consciousness.

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