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The Veil

Lydia Kang, MD
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From Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY 10016.

Requests for Single Reprints: Lydia Kang, MD, Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 993331 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-3331; e-mail, lydiakang1@yahoo.com.

Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(12):932. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-145-12-200612190-00012
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My latest palliative care consult lies in bed in front of me. He's a tall, dark-skinned Hispanic man—I almost want to call him a boy, because he's only 25 years old. He has the build of a basketball player who's been lying around for too long, muscles gone too soft for someone of his stature and age. He has no hair—chemo, of course. He wears a little gray fleece cap that covers his forehead so that I can barely see his eyes. The Ewing sarcoma has spread to his meninges and brain, and a third nerve palsy keeps one eye shut.





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