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A Piece of My Mind
July 26, 2000

Missed Connections

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2000;284(4):409-410. doi:10.1001/jama.284.4.409

Mrs Jones knew she had cervical cancer. Because she knew, she cried when she met me in the gynecologic clinic at Cook County Hospital. She jumped when I touched her. Her voice shook as I took her history. After the examination, she sat with her daughter in the small, stark examining room and listened to me review the bad news that I agreed with her referring doctor's diagnosis. She did not seem relieved, however, by the better news I gave her: her cancer was small, with an excellent chance for cure.

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