June 2017 - Steve Stern

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A Door in the Wall

Recently I read a book written by Paul Lalanithi entitled “When Breath Becomes Air”.  Paul was finishing his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.  He wrote this book to talk about his career in medicine and his thoughts about dying just as he was about […]


Identity Theft

After spending a number of weeks in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy to treat his leukemia a patient was able to go home and be with his family again.  As he returned last week for another round of treatment he told me he found his time with his family somewhat unsettling. […]