A Piece of My Mind
October 19, 2005

Tie It and Trust

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2005;294(15):1873-1874. doi:10.1001/jama.294.15.1873

Trust in God . . . and tie your camel securely.—Muhammad of Arabia (570-632 CE)

What should we do?” the father asked in Gujarati-accented Urdu as he bent over his dying 4-year-old son. His dark, anxiety-filled eyes glanced up in my direction for reassurance. “I think you should take him home . . . ” I started, pausing for a moment before adding, “at least for now, even if it’s only for a week. At that point he may be ready to face chemotherapy again, Insha’Allah [God willing].”

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