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A Piece of My Mind
August 22/29, 2017

Underprivilege as Privilege

Author Affiliations
  • 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA. 2017;318(8):705-706. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.9425

I had arrived a few minutes before clinic and was looking through the panoramic windows of the hospital’s newest wing. Staring at the expanse before me, I recognized a solitary attic window. It was a familiar sight because I had spent my childhood in that attic, living with my parents and often visited by the rats and roaches, our unwanted guests. Growing up, I spent hours watching the hospital through that attic window. Never did it cross my young mind, that years later, I would be staring back from the hospital, with a stethoscope around my neck.