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A Piece of My Mind
March 28, 2001

A Simple Song of Gratitude

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

JAMA. 2001;285(12):1555-1556. doi:10.1001/jama.285.12.1555

It's a chilly February afternoon, as ordinary as an old coat. Beyond the clinic window, occasional snowflakes float without purpose in the updraft from below. A physician, who is in the middle years of her ordered life, absentmindedly leafs through a travel magazine. She flips the page, and an aerial view of the San Juan Islands, with lumps of lush green land amid clear blue water, rests in her lap. Thoughts of Seattle, of sailing and scopolamine patches, of Spain, of fresh crab bounce through her head as carefree as the gusty winds outside. She has come for her annual gynecologic examination.

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