"The hospital room was as cold as dead skin, the hallway crowded with lost souls and reeking of illness." ― Raquel Cepeda, "Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina" Once upon a time, I met a young lady who wanted to be a doctor. I could see the naked determination and resolve in her eyes. Her older sister, who was a friend, asked her to talk to me about her dream. I asked ...

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Just before I induced anesthesia, he said, “Doc, I want to apologize beforehand. I am incontinent due to a previous surgery so I might wet the sheets." I told him not to worry and that we understood and that "these things do happen." His response has stuck with me: "Doc, but there is still some shame." I nodded, told him not to worry since he was going to get a catheter anyway, ...

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