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Brett DiGiovanna, BA
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From Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons; New York, NY 10033

Requests for Single Reprints: Brett DiGiovanna, 205 Pinehurst Avenue, Apartment 2A, New York, NY 10033; e-mail, bmd10@columbia.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(9):768-769. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-137-9-200211050-00015
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This particular elderly couple impressed me. Their walls were flooded with pictures. Mrs. Rosen was the artist of the family. Small talk, a check-up visit, and then the social worker and I got up to leave. I had only listened and watched, having been introduced as a medical student. Mr. Rosen looked at me and asked if I still took anatomy, telling me that medical students were spoiled. I asked him why. “The formaldehyde,” he replied, “you never had to smell a rotting body on a battlefield.”





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