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What I wanted to hear
  1. Michael J Green
  1. Penn State College of Medicine, Departments of Humanities and Medicine, 500 University Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Michael J Green, Penn State College of Medicine, Departments of Humanities and Medicine, C1743, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033, USA; mjg15{at}psu.edu

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Routine ER page. He says it's a COPDer.

This will be easy—nebs, steroids, O2. Home in a day.

“What about the murmur?” I ask

“No worries, it's innocent.”

Just what I wanted to hear.

Admit to floor; return to bed.

3 a.m. nurse is calling. Looks worse.

“I can't breathe.”

Smell of fear. Lunge for my arm. Dead.

Autopsy: pinpoint aortic stenosis.

Fixable.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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