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On the Brain
February 10, 2020

Box of Chocolates

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA Neurol. 2020;77(5):545-546. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.5040

Patients often come to see the physician with hope, and we do our best to help. When our best efforts may not feel like much to us, they may make an immeasurable difference to the lives of patients and their families. Their gratitude is similarly difficult to quantify, even when embodied in a box of chocolates.

As per the initial visit, he came pushing his wife of many decades in her wheelchair, only this time he additionally came bearing a bright smile and a distinctive box of chocolates. It actually was Valentine’s Day.

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