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May 9, 1980

For the Peace of Your Mind

JAMA. 1980;243(18):1845. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300440047030

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We hasten to assure our readers that A PIECE OF MY MIND (see p 1846) is not intended as a sounding board for peevish gripes, nit-picking beefs, or sundry assortments of righteous indignation, which are usually prefaced by an angry "let me give you a piece of my mind." Nor is this section of The Journal meant to be a podium for pompous preachments and ex cathedra pronouncements. Nor again is it designed to be a forum for half-baked speculations and warmed-over hypotheses. Least of all is A PIECE OF MY MIND envisaged as a jamboree of jokes and a shivaree of limericks.

What we have in mind for the newly inaugurated feature is not a formal court of opinion but an informal courtyard of creativity, in which physicians display vignettes of their nonscientific and not strictly clinical observations, experiences, reflections, arid fantasies tinged with philosophy or humor.

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