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Dear Jannie.  With that punctuation mark would you use to conclude the following sentence:

"I think she has a broken arm, but what do I know, I'm not a doctor, I only play one on TV"

I'm torn between a period or a question mark.  I'm leaning toward a period but there is a question (albeit a rhetorical one) being asked within the statement.  

I would appreciate your insight.

Thanks,
James

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....... 'm not a doctor, I only play one on TV" IS NOT A QUESTION.... it's a declaration that you are not a doctor.

Use a period.

The sentence is a "run on" sentence= too long...

Correct:

"I think she has a broken arm, but what do I know? I'm not a doctor, I only play one on TV."  

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Associate Degree in Business, majoring in education currently for BA 25 years as a writer and professional editor

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