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Neil Ravin, an endocrinologist and novelist, starts this love tale with a vivid portrayal of the atmosphere of crises and tragedies on an oncology unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Whether the portraits are of real patients seen in the author's residency at Cornell or not, Ravin has captured the emotional bleakness and pain that can permeate a floor and its patients, families, and staff. Sadly, he loses his sure touch as the story progresses. For example, the narrator makes no advance plans for employment after a brilliant fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Unfortunately, nonmedical readers, accepting the author's credentials and
Mere Mortals. Ann Intern Med. ;112:800. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-10-800_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(10):800.
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