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A Piece of My Mind
May 6, 2009

Giving Up

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2009;301(17):1747-1748. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.550

In a few moments Dawn (not her real name) would tell me her decision. Meanwhile the intern recited Dawn's vital signs, the list of her current medications, and her laboratory test results. I cut short the discussion about further tests, yet another modification of the antibiotic regimen, or seeking additional advice from our consultants. I was anxious to see Dawn. “Let's go in,” I said, waving the residents toward the door. “If she is going home we’ve a lot to arrange. Snow is predicted up north.” I slowly followed them into the room.