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    leo bloom

    Dear Dr Chen,
    I know this isn't the forum to talk about your book, 'Final Exam', but I feel compelled to say hello; to say thank you; to say well done. I was listening to PRI's TTBOOK podcast, 'A Good Death', this morning and your interview was both inspiring and sobering. I've been dealing with liver specialists and transplant perchances for a few years now - not as the bearer, but rather, as the hearer. Listening to your voice today put, for the first time really, a human value on how I figure out and fathom that weird and white-coated world of Hippocrates: '...divine from ignorance and wonder...', eh? We each, in our own way, will cross over many paths in our days - many paths for many reasons...I'm glad you crossed mine today. So I'm off and over to Amazon to buy the book. Maybe when I finish it, I'll leave it not so mysteriously laying about in the offices of the grand-medical, magi-mysterium. Thanks again.
    Leo Bloom
    Radisson, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    Pamela

    I want to thank you for your 1/29 article in the New York Times. I am a chronically ill patient finally getting some answers (and respect) after eight years of searching and specialists. I can not tell you how much I appreciate your attention to the concept of humanity in doctor patient communications. I am a 38 year old woman with a masters degree and often shudder to think about the kind of treatment many lesser educated more debilitated patients must receive in light of the struggle I've had, to make myself seen accurately. Again, I can't thank you enough.

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