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A Piece of My Mind
October 20, 2004

The Secret

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1795-1796. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1795

It was in the wee hours of the morning on January 6, 1918, that Dottore Cotrolaò, Nocera Terinese’s town doctor, found himself in the sitting room of the D’Aquino family, the wealthiest in the neighboring Calabrian town of San Mango. Seated across from him was Signora D’Aquino. She wore a long black dress, closed at the neck with a brooch, and held her head high, as befitted someone of her social status.

Cotrolaò had been summoned in the middle of the night from his bed in Nocera and brought to San Mango over mountain roads by horse-drawn carriage.