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A Piece of My Mind
January 23, 2008

How Deep the Bias

JAMA. 2008;299(3):259-260. doi:10.1001/jama.299.3.259

During a recent radiation oncology consultation, I saw a patient who had just undergone lumpectomy for breast cancer. The patient had traveled to have her surgery at the academic medical center at which I am a faculty member, but she wished to have her adjuvant radiotherapy, which would entail several weeks of daily treatment, closer to her home in another state. She asked me to recommend someone, so I turned to my professional society's membership directory to determine whether I knew anyone in her area. I found the names of two radiation oncologists, both unfamiliar to me.