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A Piece of My Mind
August 3, 2021

So Long, Old Friend

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  • 1Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA. 2021;326(5):387. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.12018

In the 44 years that I have been a physician, I have had a steadfast and vocal companion at every step of my career—my pager. And last week, I turned mine in. No, I’m not retiring, though many my age have. My hospital is eliminating pagers. New technology that routes page messages to mobile phones is less expensive and more reliable. So pagers or beepers, as they were called decades ago, have gone the way of the head mirror and tuning fork, medical paraphernalia largely of historical interest.

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