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A New Reality

Scott A. Hardison, BS
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Corresponding Author: Scott A. Hardison, BS; e-mail, mailto:shardiso@gmail.com.

From Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(4):319-320. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-4-201202210-00015
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Standing at 6 feet, 4 inches tall, I am easily spotted by my friends and colleagues in the daily rush of people moving through the hallways at the hospital. When you add my thin build and comically short white coat to the picture, I never exactly blend into the crowd. One day, near the beginning of my third year of medical school, I was standing in the lobby waiting for an elevator when a boy walked by, holding his mom's hand. He suddenly stopped dead in his tracks, pointed up at me, and said:





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