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A Piece of My Mind
March 22/29, 2006


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2006;295(12):1347-1348. doi:10.1001/jama.295.12.1347

Medical miracles visit us through the media with undeserved regularity, while medical monstrosities are largely relegated to the antiseptic rooms of hospitals. As students, we seek out the latter with enthusiastic curiosity tempered by respect for the suffering we encounter. Despite this enthusiasm, most of us find a welcome escape in our homes at the end of the day (or night). Upsetting this pattern, I took a leave of absence during my first year of medical school and drove home to confront the medical monster I would learn from over the next six months. It resided in my parents' house. It lived in my mother.