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We all treat the whole patient. We must avoid tunnel vision at all costs.

In loving memory of my grandfather, my first physician mentor. Earlier this year, my 90-year-old grandfather passed away unexpectedly after undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Similar to many elderly patients who die each year in the United States, his death was preceded by a litany of costly and time-consuming tests and treatments. Despite this extensive workup, the end of his life was shadowed by suffering left unaddressed. But, unlike the thousands of elderly patients in similar circumstances, my grandfather was an experienced clinician, having practiced medicine for over 50 years. My grandfather graduated from medical school in 1953. Before that, he had served in...

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