Louise Aronson, MD
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Aronson L. Why Geriatrics?. Ann Intern Med. 2010;152:61. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-152-1-201001050-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2010;152(1):61.
I blame the hats. Mrs. Chin's red-and-gold San Francisco 49ers watch cap pulled low over her toothless smiling face despite the late-September heat wave. The jangle of World War II combat medals as Antonio Anorico held his faded green fedora to his chest and bowed from the waist when I came through the examination room door. Annabelle Winters' golf visors, a different pastel color for each day of the week, matched to her pressed sweatsuits and socks by the private duty aides her son hired for her comfort and convenience.
Can I admit that I never intended to become a geriatrician? That the hats seduced me, presenting as they did—as they still do—in a beguiling multiplicity of shapes and persuasions? That I've seen it all: beloved, greasy baseball caps, Oakland As or Giants mostly but sometimes Yankees or Cardinals; wide-brimmed straw hats pinned with painted silk flowers or tied with bright cloth ribbons; a triangular black hat with a wood-smoke smell and red pom-poms at the corners; yarmulkes, simple and black or satiny and intricately embroidered; exotic scarves wrapped around head and hair in accordance with tradition or with idiosyncratic flourish; the occasional cowboy hat or beret? Can I also admit that this list is only the beginning?
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