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A Piece of My Mind
September 15, 1999


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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;282(11):1019-1020. doi:10.1001/jama.282.11.1019

I was pulling another 10-hour shift during my pediatric residency at a children's hospital in North Philadelphia when the ED glass doors slid open and a police officer carried in a bruised and bloody 4-year-old wrapped in a blanket. The two looked like the characters in the old Boys Town Christmas seal: "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." The boy was rigid and silent, and his dark eyes turned to me in dazed apprehension. In some places his straight, black hair stood up, and in others it was matted with blood.

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