Kimberly D. Manning, MD
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Manning KD. Southern Hospitality. Ann Intern Med. 2010;152:190-191. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-152-3-201002020-00014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2010;152(3):190-191.
“I thank the Lord every day that I lost my insurance,” Mrs. Coleman said with a raspy voice. “Without y'all, I know this all would have been different. I wouldn't change a thing.” She stared at me without blinking, an almost hypnotizing gaze that held me captive. I wanted to look away but couldn't. Instead, I sat in respectful silence.
Mrs. Coleman was more than just a patient to me. She was the mother of one of my close friends from college. Our relationship wasn't built on prescription instructions or follow-up appointments. It was born on the many weekend road trips we made to Atlanta to escape our tiny college town of Tuskegee, Alabama. Mrs. Coleman's living-room floor became our favorite hotel and her refrigerator the best restaurant in town. The Southern hospitality she always showed me and everyone else who fit into the carload created a warm familiarity that never went away. Years later, when I was all grown up, out of college and medical school, and gainfully employed, I took a job at the downtown public hospital in Atlanta. Although I didn't need to crash on her couch anymore, I never forgot how nice she was to me.
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