Personomics| Volume 130, ISSUE 7, P872-873, July 2017

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  • Suzanne Koven
    Requests for reprints should be addressed to Suzanne Koven, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 15 Parkman Street, Boston, MA 01742.
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston
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      Looking straight ahead as I sit at my desk, my view is dominated by a large computer screen. There I review my patients' electronic records; track their blood pressures and electrolyte levels, peruse their pathology, and locate the fax numbers of their pharmacies. If I shift my gaze slightly to the left, however, a different kind of patient information appears. Tacked to a bulletin board are photographs of several of my patients, all healthy and grinning. All dead now.
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