The patient’s eyes close as his diagnosis sinks in. The resident sits with him in a silence filled with racing fears of the unknown. It’s that moment when everything has changed for this man: he’s gone from before to after. The resident knows this moment all too well.
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This article was published on March 12, 2022, at NEJM.org.
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