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What Should I Say? Communication around Disability

Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc
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Note: This paper was adapted from an essay that appeared in the Winter 1998 issue of Harvard Medical Alumni Bulletin. All proper names in this paper are pseudonyms. Grant Support: By the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. Requests for Reprints: Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, East Campus LY-326, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215; e-mail, liezzoni@bidmc.harvard.edu. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Boston, MA 02215


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Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(8):661-665. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-8-199810150-00018
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Every so often, we all experience moments that crystallize an essential truth about our lives. Last spring, I had one in the cramped interstices of a federal office building in Washington, D.C. Before a meeting, I hurried to a back office to use the telephone, but a man was already there. We recognized each other instantly.

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