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A Piece of My Mind
December 9, 1998

Alton Small

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1998;280(22):1902. doi:10.1001/jama.280.22.1902

Mrs Small woke with a start. She had slept all night in a waiting room chair and her shawl had slipped to the floor, leaving her with a chill. Sitting up straight, she pulled the well-worn wrap about her shoulders and looked anxiously toward the glass doors. Surely someone would have information about Alton's condition by now. Her mind slipped into a reverie of the previous Christmas, and she could still hear Alton's words: "Well, Honey, we have been married 50 years and I wouldn't change one of them."