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Pauline Chen
"Why is it so hard to go from curing people to comforting them at the end of life?" asks Pauline Chen, whose new book examines such topics. (Dominic Chavez/Globe Staff) Dominic Chavez/Globe Staff

The doctor and death

As a surgeon, Pauline Chen deals with the critically ill. But it wasn't until she started writing about it that she learned how to deal with the emotions of it.

By David Mehegan
Globe Staff / March 27, 2007

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What makes a surgeon cry? A failed operation? For Pauline W. Chen, the tears flowed after a success -- her 83d liver transplant. (Full article: 1279 words)

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