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March 16, 1984

The Face Beyond

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Asheville, NC

JAMA. 1984;251(11):1423. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340350021008

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Abstract

Occasionally, when my day seems such a jumble of incessantly crying children, demanding problems, and lengthening hours, as to make me wonder about my choice of profession, I remember the face of a certain child, and I am renewed.

My career was to be in medicine; I knew that and had thought of nothing else long before I entered the university. Pediatrics was only a blur of an idea, however, during those college days, when one of my extracurricular activities took me to a local crippled children's hospital.

I don't recall his name. He always sat rigidly in his wheelchair, backed up against the wall, white enameled steel beds surrounding him like the bars of a prison. He cared little for the movies I brought from the university film library and held back from the banter and rowdy play of the other children, even those in wheelchairs like his own.

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