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Chronic Active Adolescence

Christopher M. Callahan, MD
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Regenstrief Institute for Health Care; Indianapolis, IN 46202 Requests for Reprints: Christopher M. Callahan, MD, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1001 West 10th Street, RG6, Indianapolis, IN 46202.


Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(12):1124-1125. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-12-199712150-00012
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It was 1980. Michael was sitting in his dormitory room making the final summary sheet for 7 weeks of classroom notes. The notes he had scribbled in haste had been rewritten in a beautiful cursive and then exposed to the scrutiny of yellow and pink fluorescent highlighters. The summary sheet itself was coded in the ink of four different pens. The distilled facts that made it onto his final summary sheet held the key to a final grade of “A.” Michael knew that if he transposed this information onto his brain he would indeed perform heroically on the examination. He had perfected the process in 8 years of grade school, 4 years of high school, 4 years of college, and his first year of medical school.

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