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A Piece of My Mind
July 24/31, 2013

Fishing for Yeti

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
JAMA. 2013;310(4):373. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.66054

My eight-hour shift in the emergency department stretched just a tad longer as I finished off suturing a laceration on a gentleman’s chin. After I had thrown around all the loops, I gave the two ends of the nylon thread one nice tug and found the two edges neatly opposed. The blood stopped leaking down his neck so I wound a few tight knots and cut off the loose ends, leaving a pair of tidy bunny ears. I then disposed of the gloves, the sharpies, and the excess pieces of gauze. I signed out the rest of my patients to the incoming resident and called off a shift that had its routine quota of broken bones, myocardial infarctions, and bleeding intestines.