I picked up the next multivitamin prescription in the pile
and went to fill it as I had filled at least 30 other such
prescriptions that day. It called for drops, not tablets,
so I knew that the patient was very young. When I looked for
the age on the form, I found a question mark. I then looked
at the space for the name, which also had a question mark.
"That's odd," I thought. "How could someone
not name their child or know how old it was?" To solve
the mystery, I went down the hallway, crowded with patients,
to the table where the pediatrician was seeing children, but
I was completely unprepared for what I would find.
"This sheet doesn't have a name or
age," I said. "Do you know how old the child is?"
"This is the prescription for the baby
that was found ten days ago," she replied. "The
baby is probably about two weeks old." I was shocked.