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A Piece of My Mind
February 27, 2008

Listening to Leviticus

JAMA. 2008;299(8):879-880. doi:10.1001/jama.299.8.879

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.—Mark Twain

This particular day, more than most, I was working without a net. Each maneuver intensified my awareness of the potential for disaster. Repeatedly, I pressed forward, making sporadic progress, until I was forced to back off once again. With each moment of self-doubt, I would pause, regain my focus, and force my hands to return to the procedure, although my mind was beginning to doubt whether I should indeed continue.