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A Piece of My Mind
March 3, 2004

The Bless Cloth

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

JAMA. 2004;291(9):1043-1044. doi:10.1001/jama.291.9.1043

Once every decade or so I clean out the desk drawers in my clinic office. It is a massive and long-dreaded undertaking, which generally doesn't accomplish a great deal. I remove the occasional petrified stick of Juicy Fruit gum, toss out defunct business cards of drug company reps who have ridden off into the corporate sunset, and do a token reduction of the number of functional pens I own to a more reasonable number, usually around 200. I doubt the casual observer would recognize when my desk drawers have been purged. Much of it still looks like trash.

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