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A Piece of My Mind
September 19, 2017

The Lower Seven-Eighths

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  • 1Division of Cardiology, Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2017;318(11):1005-1006. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7751

I ate only one meal in a restaurant during my five-day visit to Paris in the fall of 2011: lunch at Les Deux Magots. It took an hour. Not because I am a slow eater and not because I was in awe of the ambience but because I had tic douloureux, better known as trigeminal neuralgia. I’d take a bite, and excruciating pain would shoot up above my right eye. I thinned my sandwich by removing the top piece of bread so the bite would be smaller. I found that I could best eat by taking food to my hotel room, chewing slowly and gingerly, thinned as much as possible, while lying on my back.

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