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Medicine’s Blind Spot

  • Charlotte A. Brown
    Correspondence: Address to Charlotte A. Brown, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
    Department of Neurologic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, and Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, MN
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      My fingers graze the top rack of my wardrobe, hunting for the familiar texture of my favorite suit jacket. I find it and can’t help but chuckle, wondering if it looks anything like I envision. I don the jacket along with its matching trousers, a crisp white shirt, and a pair of heels. Most would consider this overdressed for a doctor’s appointment, but it’s an ingrained habit. For me, a sharp look is my first line of defense against the negative attitudes others will have of me, simply because I lack a sense deemed vital. After carefully applying some makeup and styling my hair, I grab my bag and race out the door. Turning off the lights isn’t part of the morning ritual. Like fine china, they only make an appearance for guests.
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