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A Piece of My Mind
May 9, 2001

Familial Hepatitis

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

JAMA. 2001;285(18):2301-2302. doi:10.1001/jama.285.18.2301

The virus. A few threads of DNA. Smaller than a fleck in one of the hundred eyes of a mosquito. But he was totally unaware of any of this as his palm swept the bottom of the sock drawer, groping blindly among the loose quarters and candy wrappers and abandoned LifeSavers for the thing he hoped he would not find. The syringe was buttressed against the far corner of the drawer and the needle plunged deep beneath his skin and scraped against his knuckle. For an electric moment all movement in his hand stopped as the signal of pain snapped through his arm and spinal cord to his brain. This took but a fraction of a moment, long enough for his face to burn and his lips and eyelids to perspire before he even realized why.

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