It began last week in our neighborhood, between the locals, who, out for a breath of fresh air, and dutifully in line with the new social distancing rules, began to shout back and forth through the crisp March air. “Good morning! I hope you’re well!” “Good morning! We’re well! I hope you are, too!” Then goodwill took over the neighborhood email chain. Who needs a casserole? Just let us know! We’ll drop one off at ...

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"Suppose we did our work like the snow, quietly, quietly, leaving nothing out." -Wendell Berry Greetings from the hospital. It's a ghost town around here. The roads are empty. Shops are shuttered. Churches won't be meeting for months. Yet the medical staff parking garage is actually rather full. We trickle into the hospital, through the deafening silence. No one talks. The air is blue and crisp. Gulls from Lake Erie call to each other, uninterrupted. A ...

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News trends come, and news trends go. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is a news topic that, for the time being, is here to stay. This pandemic has already revealed deeper issues within the culture of medicine here in the United States and focused young physicians on what really matters. As this pandemic progresses, a debate will undoubtedly emerge in our system as to whether or not doctors may avoid treating ...

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