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A Piece of My Mind
March 24/31, 2020

The Other Side

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2020;323(12):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2054

It was just an average Sunday, special only in how coveted golden weekends can be 8 months into intern year. I had planned to spend the day rejuvenating the best way I knew how—by playing as much soccer as possible—and was particularly proud that I had managed to squeeze in an afternoon haircut between 2 games. Resting in the salon with warm water running through my hair and a towel draped around my shoulders, I received a text from my mom. My dad had suffered a cardiac arrest.

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    1 Comment for this article
    Heartfelt and Heart Full
    Rex Mahnensmith, M.D. | Retired
    Lovely, loving, beautiful, and blessed.