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A Piece of My Mind
June 17, 2009

Heart, Attacked

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2009;301(23):2423. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.808

Wild Kingdom.

It was a strange thought to be having at the time, but there it was. I could almost hear Marlin Perkins' syrupy baritone: “Theeerrreee's Jim . . . wrestling with the anaconda!” Easy for you to say, I thought, safe up there in the control booth. Except there couldn't be an anaconda. Marlin was long dead and the biggest thing Jim Fowler wrestles anymore is Jay Leno.

No, I realized, it couldn't be that at all. It was a sunny Saturday with a light breeze blowing in off the lake. I’d been sprinkling a little grass seed on some bare patches when it happened.

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