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A Piece of My Mind
October 10, 2007

The Book

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(14):1613-1614. doi:10.1001/jama.298.14.1613

Had he been born at a different time or in a different place, he might have been a character actor in the movies, a regular in the chorus on the Shakespearean stage, or a traveling troubadour. As it was, he was just barely bumping along at the margins, cheerful as could be.

His outward appearance was startling: His face was disproportionately large, and his mop of dark hair was always wild. In conversation, you had to choose which of his eyes to engage. His animated limbs were gangly and their final resting places unpredictable. His high-pitched voice did not seem to fit his long, lean body. When he folded himself into the examination room chair, his hand shot out in greeting, an innocent smile washed over his face, and he squeaked, “Hi, Doc!” He was, safe to say, a memorable character.