Mary O'Flaherty Horn, MD
Horn M.; The Other Side of the Bed Rail. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:940-941. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-11-199906010-00020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(11):940-941.
I had certainly been in large medical centers before; there was no reason to feel overwhelmed. I myself am a well-trained internist from a large university—I knew the scene—but this summer morning was different. I was tired and scared. Just 2 weeks before, I had been told that the slurred speech that had been progressing for several months was probably caused by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They'd said 2 to 5 years, and as a physician I knew all too well the grim prognosis and disheartening lack of effective therapy associated with my diagnosis. At the urging of my family, I had come almost 2000 miles to receive a second opinion, but first, I had to undergo electromyography.
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