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For a dying patient, a prescription of silence
Los Angeles Times

His wife was a patient at the clinic where I worked in my early days as a doctor. I saw her regularly for hypertension. But on one visit, she was more concerned about her husband — let’s call him Pedro. He was having stomach pains and difficulty swallowing. I told her to make an appointment for him with me.

When I saw him, Pedro explained that he had lost weight and was having trouble swallowing solid food. A barium swallow study confirmed my fears: He had esophageal cancer.

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