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Medicine in the Family

Fitzhugh Mullan, MD
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From Health Affairs, Bethesda, MD 20814.


Current Author Address: Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Health Affairs, 7500 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814; e-mail, fmullan@projecthope.org.


Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(10):818-819. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-141-10-200411160-00016
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When I was 13, my dad took me to work with him. We went together to the Educational Alliance, a social service agency for the poor located in a large drab building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. For 2 hours I sat with him while he listened to 8 or so men and women report on their lives, bicker, laugh, cry, lash out, and embrace. Dad was in the middle of the action, confronting and encouraging people as they talked. They paid little attention to me, but I was bug-eyed watching these adults go at each other with a bluntness that was both unfamiliar and, somehow, appealing.

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