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Less Is More
May 2014

Questioning Protocol

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  • 1Well Path Press, Fairfield, Connecticut
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(5):667. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.107

My 15-year-old son Gary is saying there are spasms in his intestines that won’t stop. He’s in so much pain that he’s beyond crying. He sits in the car silently, as if he’s entered a soundproof room from which I am banished, as I drive him to the emergency department (ED). This makes the sixth trip to the ED in a year. Less than a month ago, he had surgery to remove sections of his small and large intestine because of Crohn disease. But he’s never been in this much pain. I am terrified.

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