A Piece of My Mind |

Journalist Feels Palpitations, Enrolls in Medical School

Joshua Tompkins
JAMA. 2010;304(7):723-724. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1119.
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I was three contented sips into a caramel latte when it happened—the rush. No, rush doesn't quite capture it. It was a billow, a zooming feeling, as if blood was being squeezed into my head by inertia while I plunged through a trapdoor. I fought the impulse to leap out of my chair.

In other words, I was having palpitations again. I took my pulse, which was nearly 180. Was it the caffeine? I’d barely had any. The job pressure? As a journalist, I wrote about science and health for several major magazines and newspapers, and that profession can be relentless.


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