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On Taking Notice - Learning Mindfulness from (Boston) BrahminsI was a harried, green resident busily readying an elderly patient - call her Margaret - for hospital discharge when her face unexpectedly began glowing with pleasure. Looking me intently in the eye, she exclaimed, "I do hope you know Dr. Edgecomb!" But before I could respond, she continued, "Do you know what he told me when I left his office last time? `Now you just be sure to notice the crocuses by the doorway on your way out, Margaret; they're lovely this year.' That's just the kind of person he is ... and he was so right about the crocuses.""Isn't that nice!" I replied, discreetly rolling my eyes and continuing to write prescriptions. How quaint it seemed: the elderly doctor, possibly taught by Osler's students, trying to do as little harm as possible with his hoary knowledge; his elderly patient, evidently delighted

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