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Death Rituals

Ruth Lerman, MD
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From William Beaumont Hospital; Royal Oak, MI 48073-6769.

Requests for Single Reprints: Ruth Lerman, MD, William Beaumont Hospital, Imaging Center, 3601 West Thirteen Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073-6769; e-mail, rlerman@beaumont.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(5_Part_1):384. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-139-5_Part_1-200309020-00016
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It turned out that Dr. Ernst, the medical resident who came to declare my father dead, had known him. A few years prior, Dr. Ernst had done his medical student clerkship in family practice at my father's office. My mother worked there too. He had recognized my mother when he entered the room on the hospital's 7th floor oncology ward. My brother, my mom, and I were all there. It was mid-day. My dad had just died.





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