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A Piece of My Mind
October 7, 2009

Separation Anxiety

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2009;302(13):1403-1404. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1339

The typed letter in the ordinary business envelope arrived like any other, the depth of its impact anything but ordinary. “I would like to thank you for allowing me the privilege and honor of serving as your physician over the years,” Dr S, my primary care physician, had written, and she went on “with a heavy heart” to inform me of her impending departure from her hospital-based practice. Pertinent details regarding physician coverage for continuity of care, including the name of the physician “replacing” her in the practice, were kindly provided. And she wished me the “very best in the future.”