Russell Andrew Johnson, MD, MSc
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Johnson RA. The Seductress. Ann Intern Med. 2014;160:209-210. doi: 10.7326/M13-0962
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(3):209-210.
Tammy lay sprawled on the mattress in her hospital room. She was a heroin addict. Every inch of her skin was covered with tattoos. A passerby could easily have written them off as a statement of rebellion, but each image contained a mosaic of brilliant colors, the work of a gifted graffiti artist. Her body looked like an urban mural.
I met Tammy on the first day of my 3-week rotation on the general internal medicine wards. Relieved from slogging through 3 weeks in the medical intensive care unit, I welcomed the bread and butter of the general wards, where I thought that I'd have at least a fighting chance of curing my patients.
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