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For Love of Karaoke

Julia E. McMurray, MD
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University of Wisconsin at Madison; Madison, WI 53762 Requests for Reprints: Julia E. McMurray, MD, J5/210 Clinical Sciences Center, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53762.


Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(12):1072-1073. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-12-199812150-00016
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The would-be cowboy stands at the microphone, his black western hat tilted rakishly back on his head; he has a scraggly beard and a definite paunch that is overshadowed by a huge rodeo belt and buckle. Without a trace of self-consciousness, he belts out his hopes and dreams of being Willie Nelson, if only for the few minutes allowed during the karaoke evening. The off-key notes and the amused glances of the audience do not seem to faze him. There is a vitality and happiness about him that catches my attention.

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