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A Piece of My Mind
September 8, 1999

Facing Our Morality

Author Affiliations

Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;282(10):923-924. doi:10.1001/jama.282.10.923

It is time for all the heroes to go home if they have any, time for all of us common ones to locate ourselves by the real thing we live by.—William Stafford, "Allegiances"

Last week I admitted Mr M in the predawn hours of an evolving MI. I had forgotten his name. Erased the particulars of our prickly past until we came face-to-face behind closed curtains in the emergency department. Through sleep-deprived eyes I saw clearly what time had veiled. Thankfully, there was business to conduct, orders to write, and the beat of a clinical guideline to march us along.