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When Patients Mentor Doctors: The Story Of One Vital Bond

A physician reconnects with the patient who mentored her as a medical student and helps him make a final care decision.

Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn

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The Personal Toll Of Practicing Medicine

A physician and lifelong patient reflects on her truncated career and why the health of experienced doctors needs protection.

Elaine Schattner

The Fine Line Between Doctoring And Dealing

To treat a patient with addiction, a physician must overcome feelings of frustration and betrayal.

Pooja Lagisetty

In Opioid Withdrawal, With No Help In Sight

A patient receives prescription opioids after an accident—and no support from his physicians as he weans himself off.

Travis N. Rieder

Bridging The Divide Between Dental And Medical Care

A cancer patient delays needed dental care before radiation treatment and develops a painful, incurable disease.

Gayathri Subramanian

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