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A Piece of My Mind
June 7, 2000

Paying Attention

JAMA. 2000;283(21):2763. doi:10.1001/jama.283.21.2763

Recently, Edward, one of my teenaged patients, came to see me at the dermatology clinic. I had known him for years and enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor. As part of our clinic routine, Edward was first seen by a resident, whose job it is to present the case to me. The resident told me that Edward's skin condition was gradually improving, but she had a feeling that Edward was "depressed." We entered the examination room, where Edward sat with his father. I asked him how he was feeling, and he replied that he was fine. We talked some about school, then about how often he was applying his medications.