Megan A. Freeman, MD
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Freeman MA. The Smile. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:958. doi: 10.7326/M15-1331
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(12):958.
I heard his little grunts and squeaks resonating down the winding acoustics of our upstairs hallway. I walked briskly to the bedside of the chubby, dimpled, squeezable little man a few doors down. As I looked in on him, he did not at first see me. His pale, blue eyes stared longingly at the sleepy air before him, his face tranquil and soft in the peaceful memory of the slumber he had so recently departed. I breathed heavily and watched him, transfixed. He was so little, so innocent, so precious. He saw me, and, amidst the fading darkness and growing light of morning, he flashed me the happiest and most exuberant smile. It was the kind of smile that required his entire face and illuminated the whole room.
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