Theodore Tsomides, MD, PhD
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Tsomides T.; Reflections on a Death. Ann Intern Med. 2001;134:246-248. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-134-3-200102060-00017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;134(3):246-248.
As a resident in internal medicine at a 600-bed teaching hospital, I have cared for many dying patients and their families. These will be my most powerful and enduring memories, lasting long after the stressful call nights, the zebra cases, and any minor annoyances have faded. But nothing could have prepared me for the experience of taking care of my dying father or taught me more about the art of medicine.
My father, the son of an immigrant tailor, went to college and medical school on the GI Bill after serving 3 years in World War II. After a year of general internship, he practiced rural medicine in West Virginia and Ohio. He was the kind of doctor who never thought about charging patients who couldn't afford to pay. He responded to coal mining accidents, delivered babies, performed surgery, gave chemotherapy, and comforted the dying. He touched people's lives in ways they warmly remembered 30 years after he had left town.
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