A heck of a personal story… “A Handshake” from JAMA

I try to read JAMA’s A Piece of My Mind column whenever I have the time.  The column features narratives about a wide variety of topics, but they’re usually patient stories, ethical issues, or reflections about the practice of medicine.  The August 7, 2013 edition of JAMA has a wonderful narrative by transplant surgeon Dr. Kenneth Woodside entitled “A Handshake” where he evaluates a patient for transplant eligibility.  His eyes widen when he reads in the social history the simple word “Tortured”.  Kudos to Dr. Woodside and his patient for sharing the story.


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