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Sometimes You Need to Say No, for the Patient and Yourself

A frightening midnight phone call leads a young surgeon to reconsider how he approaches his career

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Illustration by April Brust

“I know where you live. And I’m gonna to find you and when I do, I’m gonna hurt you and the…




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Charles Black M.D.

Charles Black M.D.

Dr. Charles Black is a general surgeon, author, photographer, outdoorsman, world traveler and fireside philosopher. Website:

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