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A Piece of My Mind
December 18, 2002

Lessons in Friendship

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

JAMA. 2002;288(23):2937-2938. doi:10.1001/jama.288.23.2937

When I opened my office more than 25 years ago, I never expected to find mothers and children in my waiting room with scarves on their heads and wearing traditional Arab dress. Still, there they were, accompanied by older children or neighbors serving as translators, and sometimes a husband or a grandfather with a checked kaffiyeh on his head. I soon discovered that Dearborn, Michigan, has the largest Arab American community in the United States. Since I am Jewish, I wondered what that would mean for my practice.

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