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On My Mind
October 2014

Nine Hundred

Author Affiliations
  • 1MD candidate 2015, The Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(10):883. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.417

“My favorite class is math.”

She crossed her hands in her lap and looked over her shoulder to her mother who was sitting in the chair with her.

“I even got the award for most improvement this year,” she added proudly.

Emily was 12 years old, had just completed the sixth grade at a new school with all A’s, and had a group of friends who liked her. Emily was also starving herself. She sat nestled with her mother in the recliner next to her hospital bed and swung her legs nervously one at a time.

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