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Published:January 13, 2023DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2022.12.023
      It was in cardiology clinic, during my opening week of intern year, that a patient first broke my heart as a doctor. His voice was gravelly and occasionally difficult to understand, and the words spilled from him like an undammed stream. I had walked into the exam room and after asking what brought him to clinic, I was met with a solid wall of text. He seemed to talk without drawing breath, veering from topic to topic, gaze directed downwards. After several minutes, I gently tried to redirect the interview and it was then that he looked up, meeting my eyes.

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