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A Piece of My Mind
April 18, 2007


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;297(15):1631-1632. doi:10.1001/jama.297.15.1631

The baby has two splinters in her supple palm. Already, her inflammatory cells have surged into action, and there are angry circles rising around each brown-black shard. She whines miserably, trying to ball her injured appendage into a fist while fending off adults with her good hand.

You kneel before her as she sits in her father's lap, armed with Lilliputian tweezers from a pocket Swiss Army knife. The kitchen: your clinic.

“Hold her tightly,” you order.

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