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On My Mind
November 2014

Morningtown

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(11):989. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.1266

I love working nights. I’m a pediatrician at a county hospital, and it’s a great job. The work is interesting, and the daytime hassles seem distant (even hospital administrators sleep sometimes!). I love spending the day with my kids; then, just as their activities and their activity levels are winding down, I hand them off and off I go.

“Train whistle blowing, makes a sleepy noise, Underneath their blankets go all the girls and boys. Heading from the station, out along the bay, All bound for Morningtown, many miles away.”1

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