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A Piece of My Mind
November 22/29, 2000

No Time to Say Hello Good-bye

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

JAMA. 2000;284(20):2564-2565. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2564

It was a normal day. I beat my alarm clock to the punch, waking up 10 minutes before 6, literally negotiating my way out of a dream: a back-and-forth arbitration with a business partner to strike a deal that would make us both feel brilliant. Under the shower, scrubbing: If he tries to discount our software fee by $500 per hospital, I'll insist on a minimum purchase of four clinical conditions. He'll want a rebate off development costs if we eventually go nonexclusive. Predictable. Brushing my teeth vigorously: I just can't be sure of his moves.

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