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The Prison Patient

Matthew D.S. Klein, MD
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Bridgton, ME 04009 Requests for Reprints: Matthew D.S. Klein, MD, 103 South High Street, Building B, Bridgton, ME 04009.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(8_Part_1):648-649. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-8_Part_1-199710150-00014
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Bennett drove to the state prison in the last moments before dawn. A second-year resident went to the prison at this promising hour every day of the year, and Bennett liked the drive. Long before other cars lit up the freeway with a dazzling headlight show, Bennett rolled his pickup truck down the entrance ramp and onto the empty night road. He kept his window down to touch and breathe the air. When he switched lanes, his turn signal blinked through the blue night like a satellite, and Bennett rocketed toward the great floodlit towers of the prison, glowing in the empty country.





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