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Brendan M. Reilly, MD
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Dr. Reilly: Cook County Hospital and Rush Medical College Chicago, IL 60612

Requests for Single Reprints: Brendan M. Reilly, MD, Room 2129, Department of Medicine, Cook County Hospital and Rush Medical College, 1835 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612.

Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(6):467-470. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-135-6-200109180-00017
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Many years ago, when I was just starting out, I worked in a small New England town where local law stated that the newly deceased were not duly deceased until pronounced by a licensed physician. Legally, the undertaker couldn't take over—you weren't really dead—until a doctor said so.





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