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Medicine and Grief During the COVID-19 EraThe Art of Losing

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Corresponding Author: Amrapali Maitra, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 (amaitra@bwh.harvard.edu).

Published Online: October 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.5635

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Acknowledgements: I thank Amy Ship, MD, and Kham Kidia, MD, for thoughtful input and Jennifer Claytor, MD, for her skillful guidance. None was compensated for their work. I thank my parents for granting permission to share my grandparents’ stories.

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