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A Piece of My Mind
July 21, 2020

Do No Harm

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  • 1General Internal Medicine, Department of Primary Care, Cedars Sinai Medical Group, Santa Monica, California
JAMA. 2020;324(3):243-244. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.11241

My 2-year-old daughter falls and hits her head against the bathtub. Her screams reverberate as her younger sister sits in the tub, mouth agape. I scramble to pick her up. As a doctor, I once knew how to manage this trauma, but now as a stay-at-home dad, I am the worst man for the job.

I was careless. I bathed her first and put her on the bedroom floor instead of back in the crib. Her sister’s squeals led her to abandon the dog-eared copy of The Pout-Pout Fish I shoved in her hands. She toddled her way back and slipped on wet bathroom tiles.

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