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A Piece of My Mind
November 21, 2001

Live and Learn

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2001;286(19):2371-2372. doi:10.1001/jama.286.19.2371

I love to learn. That's why I am a teacher. I was a teacher of mathematics and science before I went to medical school. I was a teacher of health care to my patients in private practice, and I have been a teacher of family practice residents for the past seven years. Teaching ensures continued learning—and I love to learn. Given that I am a lifelong learner and teacher, it is no surprise that intellectualization is my favorite coping mechanism. Thus, one of the ways I made sense out of the senselessness of my husband's experience was to look for opportunities to learn.

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