A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
The heavens conspired to make it a gloomy day. Outside, as black clouds
rolled across angrily, the sky dumped rain on the earth with a vengeance.
Beginning my first term as a medical registrar, I opened the envelope addressed
to me, containing a letter equally bleak:
Thank you for accepting this man into palliative care.
His poor outlook has been communicated to his family.
Recently turned 25, Sam had celebrated the milestone by becoming engaged
to his long-time partner. They expressed their commitment by forsaking heroin.
Five months later, the urge to use heroin was overwhelming. One last time,
he promised himself.
Srivastava R. Beyond Hope? JAMA. 2002;288(10):1203–1204. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1203
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