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Rise and Fall

Nicholas H. Fiebach, MD
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Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(11):1037-1038. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-11-199712010-00018
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I first met Dr. S when he was 87 years old. He had been referred to primary care by a urologist, who thought that someone Dr. S's age ought to have a general physician. I was immediately impressed by Dr. S's appearance. He was short but stood erect, deliberate in his movements, dressed impeccably in tweed sport coat and cap, and almost completely bald. He spoke slowly, with a slight accent. I tried not to stereotype him, but I could not help but be reminded of an old Zen master.





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