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On Being a Doctor |

Maestro Guillermo

David W. Hines, MD
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From Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL 60612.


Requests for Single Reprints: David W. Hines, MD, 629 North Oak Park, Oak Park, IL 60302; e-mail, dhines110@comcast.net.


Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(9):670. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-147-9-200711060-00013
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It was the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, and I was hurrying through my infectious disease rounds to get to the airport to meet my wife's relatives arriving for the holiday. Guillermo had been admitted the week before to 4 North, my last stop, because of some painful Kaposi lesions encircling his legs. Once social service made outpatient arrangements, a quick note would ordinarily suffice for discharge, but he usually had many questions written on a pad of paper. Our agreement was that for every question I answered, he taught me a new word in Spanish. I had decided for expediency's sake to see my other patients first, saving my “maestro español” for last.

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