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A Piece of My Mind
December 26, 2007

In Search of Redemption

JAMA. 2007;298(24):2837-2839. doi:10.1001/jama.298.24.2837

She is halfway down the list of patients I am seeing while covering for a colleague. The work has been fairly benign thus far, allowing me to contemplate a good start to the weekend.

She is lying in her bed, a pink eiderdown turned back neatly at her feet. Her face is turned toward the sunny road that lines the hospital; her body is half-turned. A mop of shiny black hair adorns her small head. She turns to face me as I walk in. Her body is lithe and well-proportioned. Despite her stated 60 years, she could easily pass for someone a decade younger. She greets me with a warm smile as she eases herself in bed.

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