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Doctors And The ‘D’ Word

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 4:54am
Danielle Ofri, MD

When I was a first-year medical student, I earned a few extra dollars by working the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift in our hospital’s nursing office, where I scheduled private-duty nurses. One evening, about 9 p.m., a nurse called to inform me that her patient had “expired” and that she would need to be assigned to a different patient for the next day.

Expired?

I had no idea what she was talking about.

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