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On the Brain
February 3, 2020

Teetering

Author Affiliations
  • 1Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, South Pasadena
JAMA Neurol. Published online February 3, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.4925

She didn’t get out of her pajamas all day and seemed a little depressed, but that was it. I know this woman well, and certainly better than most physicians will ever know their patients. My grandmother is just a little down.

Five weeks later, I get off of work early on a Friday and brave the 2-hour traffic from Los Angeles to Orange County, California, to see my patient. She’s not in her pajamas, but she doesn’t get up to greet me. She can’t. She’s fallen 3 times this week already.

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