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A Visit to the Doctor

Deborah Young Bradshaw, MD
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SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse; Syracuse, NY 13210 (Bradshaw)

Requests for Reprints: Deborah Young Bradshaw, MD, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210; e-mail, bradshad@mailbox.hscsyr.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(8):627-628. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-131-8-199910190-00015
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The door opened without resistance, and I entered. The doctor's waiting room was decorated with the popular industrial plums, blues, and grays, but there was enough mahogany to impart a sense of reverence. The room was tasteful yet warm, and it reassured me. I was surprised to be greeted there by a patient of my own, a doctor himself. It was like looking into a mirror, with doctor doctoring doctor, doctoring doctor, receding into infinity. My patient was an elderly man, a retired army physician, refined and gentle, with a keen if fading intellect. I sat one chair away from him and leaned toward him, close, but not too close.





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