Marya J. Cohen, MD
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Cohen MJ. The Patient–Doctor. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:763. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-153-11-201012070-00013
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(11):763.
I thought it would be easy to sleep in the hospital again. It had been a few years, but I soon remembered the feeling of the vinyl pillow slipping out from its thin cotton case, the weight of industrial-issue clothes laced with sweat, and the pink irritation on the backs of my hands from the sterilizing soap. One never quite feels clean in the hospital. Tired, cold, and hungry, I used to hunt for an abandoned perch with questionably new sheets, hoping to close my eyes before the familiar cadence “doo-da-doo-da-do” beeped from the clip on my waist. I could fall asleep standing back then; more than once, my reverie was interrupted by the thud of soap dropping in the shower after a long shift. This time, I was the patient. Now I couldn't sleep.
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