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A Piece of My Mind
September 19, 2007


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

JAMA. 2007;298(11):1259. doi:10.1001/jama.298.11.1259

In 1978, at the beginning of the second year of his internal medicine residency, my father got sick. He was admitted to the hospital with a splitting headache and, after myriad tests, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. It was from a toxic exposure, and over the next few months, his fellow residents admitted him on several occasions for transfusions and antibiotics. He had brief periods of wellness and worked intermittently, but in the spring, after a bone marrow match was unable to be found, he was admitted a final time and died of sepsis. I was born three months later, around the time a new batch of residents just set foot in the hospitals.

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