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A Piece of My Mind
May 3, 2006

A Glimpse Backstage

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

JAMA. 2006;295(17):1979-1980. doi:10.1001/jama.295.17.1979

Shortly after the start of Mr Li's first visit, my heart began to sink. He spoke Mandarin loquaciously, seemed fond of rambling stories, and complained of shortness of breath, dizziness, and headaches. Without the aid of an interpreter, I couldn't understand his native language, which cascaded like an ever-flowing spring from his mouth, but I could see right away that he had a flair for the dramatic. His voice rose and fell like a hawk alternately soaring and diving through the mountain sky. His right hand waved expressively, making punctuation marks in the air. His hair, an unkempt pompadour with a mind of its own, danced and shook with each gesticulation. I made a mental goal of finishing the visit within 30 minutes.

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