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An epic note
  1. Adam O Goldstein
  1. Correspondence to Adam O Goldstein, University of North Carolina, Department of Family Medicine, North Carolina, USA; adam_goldstein{at}

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Epic was mercifully short,

120 characters devoid of emotion,

to let me know that my patient suddenly died

on Sunday morning after Father's Day.

The email was waiting on Monday morning,

ensuring that I would open the secure

twenty word note

not on the day of dying,

but alone in my office,

taking away my choice to answer a page,

to pick up a phone,

to have …

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