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A Piece of My Mind
May 28, 2019


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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, New York
JAMA. 2019;321(20):1977. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6511

“Sir,” an insistent voice calls behind me. “Sir, Sir, Sir, Sir, SIR!” I have long dark hair, am wearing a dress, and am pretty sure that no one in this cafe, at least so confidently, would have confused me for a man. Nevertheless, at the seventh “Sir,” I turn around with annoyance to see the barista leaning over a counter, calling down at the table behind me.

It’s a dignified kind of coffee shop. Something out of an anachronistic furniture showroom—think rich mahogany chairs, ornate cushions, and adorned walls. Yet the only thing to see on this offending table is a newspaper and bottle of alcohol.

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