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A Piece of My Mind
June 25, 2003


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

JAMA. 2003;289(24):3218. doi:10.1001/jama.289.24.3218

It had rained heavily in the late afternoon, a typical May thundershower. That morning had been beautiful, bright sun and blue sky. I had gone to work in shirtsleeves, taking only a cap, mostly out of habit. Thundershowers occur frequently in New England this time of year, but who would have thought, on a pristine day like today, we would have an afternoon downpour?

I left the office late, having finished charts and answered telephone calls, donning my cap, briefcase in hand, stepping out onto the side stoop, walking briskly to my car through the rain. I drove with the headlights on, wipers sweeping back and forth across the expanse of windshield, taking the back way home through winding country roads. There was a story on the radio about the earthquake in Turkey, but I wasn't listening. I was thinking about the telephone call instead.

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