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Ponca City, OK 74604 (Van Peenen)

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Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(12):976-978. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-131-12-199912210-00014
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When Dr. Burton Moerdop retired, he moved to his mother's home town, Pota City, Oklahoma. She was 84 years old and for a number of years, she had been reminding him that since he was an only child, she depended on him for her terminal care. The reminding became more urgent after she was admitted to the tiny local hospital with a bowel obstruction.





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