Joe Chiovaro, MD
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Chiovaro J. All the World's a Stage. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:215-216. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-158-3-201302050-00014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(3):215-216.
“All the world's a stage,” I thought as I entered the room, washing my hands slowly, sensing the room before I really saw it. There before me, enveloped in silence, were five members of his immediate family. I met each person's eyes with my own.
There was much in that initial look. There was hope, that I might be the one who could make him better. There was doubt, that I could do that because I was the youngest person in the room. There was mistrust, that I may be more loyal to the institution I served than to the patient. Most of all, though, there was sadness—the abiding sadness that comes during the march toward the undesired inevitable.
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