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A Piece of My Mind
October 1, 2003

Reflections While Listening to the Glazunov

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(13):1683-1684. doi:10.1001/jama.290.13.1683

I don't recall what it was that caused me to wander into my father's study. I had been visiting my folks for the weekend in Tucson. Perhaps I was looking for a book or a pencil, or perhaps I was just curious.

Very little had changed during his illness. His desk was just as cluttered as always, with copies of the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the Journal of Pediatrics stacked in one corner and manuscripts in various stages of completion in another. There was a Campbell's soup can full of pencils, a thesaurus, a dictionary, a stapler, and several erasers. Foreign among these scholarly trappings was the worn neck strap for his saxophone, obviously dropped there to be conveniently found for his next practice session. With a certain deference, I sat in the swivel chair at the desk and, though I had spent many hours with him in this room, surveyed it as if for the first time.

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