March 1992

Driving Home at 5 AM

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(3):281-282. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160150019011

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Driving to and from work affords a unique opportunity to think and reflect on a variety of issues that we may not have the chance or ability to think about once we set foot into a busy office. Many will note that during the morning drive to work our minds are filled with planning the events of the upcoming day. This would include the anticipated lively and animated discussions with one's department chairman justifying the need/requirement for additional personnel and resources, the workup of a clinically challenging patient, or the final preparation of a lecture for that afternoon. There are, however, significant differences between the drives to and from work in the morning and evening, respectively, and the drive to the hospital in early morning hours to see a sick patient. The quiet ride to the hospital on empty roads at 3 am and the drive back home just before

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