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A Sense of ClosureA Sense of Closure

Jürgen L. Holleck, MD
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From Yale University School of Medicine and VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut.

Requests for Single Reprints: Jürgen L. Holleck, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 950 Campbell Avenue, Mailstop 111, West Haven, CT 06516; e-mail, Jurgen.Holleck@va.gov.


Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(9):628. doi:10.7326/M15-2225
© 2016 American College of Physicians
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We were the last skiers inside the small, rustic hut at the top of the mountain. A group of three ski patrol members were the only others, and they hunkered around a table in what seemed to be a recertification prep session. One of the men who seemed to be more senior presented scenarios: “A middle-aged skier is lying unresponsive at the edge of the trail. … ” His tone was confident; his build was stocky with broad shoulders, probably an accomplished athlete in his day. I studied his face for clues as to age and listened in, wanting to speak up.

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