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A Piece of My Mind
April 26, 2006

Dog Pals

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

JAMA. 2006;295(16):1877-1878. doi:10.1001/jama.295.16.1877

Plain Jane is at least 20 years older than her housemates at the women's shelter, older than most of the staff too. Her home-permed bottle-brown hair frames her vacant expression, no smile, no frown. Her plump bottom crinkles the paper on the examination table in our small medical room off the back hall. She alternates between studying her hands that rest in the lap of her tan elastic band slacks and making eye contact with me as I question her. A gold band and small diamond ring encircle her left fourth finger.

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