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To Dream

Norman Epstein, MD
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Tucson, AZ 85716 (Epstein)

Requests for Reprints: Norman Epstein, MD, 2820 East 4th Street, Tucson, AZ 85716; e-mail, Nempe@aol.com.

Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(7):540-541. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-131-7-199910050-00013
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Over 5 years ago, on a chilly November night in Putnam County, New York, my father died in his sleep, quiet and alone, while my mother slept in another room. He had suffered from Parkinson disease for many years, and its ravages, accumulating over time, had locked him ever more deeply into a prison of stiffness. The disease created a wall of illness so high and fragile that we could do little but wait with expectant dread for it to topple.





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