Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.Simone Weil1
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.
On a late autumn afternoon early in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself masked and eye-shielded in a darkened, crowded room on our inpatient palliative care service. Karen, a woman in her 60s, was lying in bed trying to find a position to reduce the pressure on her back where recurrent lung cancer was attacking her chest wall. She managed her patient-controlled analgesia carefully; she wanted to be alert for this moment.
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Corresponding Author: Joseph O. Jacobson, MD, MSc, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dana 1018, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (email@example.com).
Published Online: May 20, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.1311
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Additional Contributions: We thank the patient’s husband for granting permission to publish this information.
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