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A Piece of My Mind
January 21, 2004


JAMA. 2004;291(3):282. doi:10.1001/jama.291.3.282

What is it about the physician's white coat that differentiates it from the ones worn by the Good Humor man or Benny Goodman at the bandstand?

Twenty-eight years ago, as I began my pediatric internship at Boston Children's Hospital, my white coat was embroidered for me—a coat that befits a pediatrician, although two children and far too many M&Ms have ensured that it no longer fits this pediatrician. It has survived five moving vans, three storage facilities, a Houston summer, and 15 Minnesota winters. And each stitch speaks to me of a child I once knew.

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