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January 2, 2020

Reimagining Surgical Success—Caring for Those Who Die Despite Our Best Efforts

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Wolff Center at UPMC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 3Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(2):146-147. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5084

Any definition of health that is not silly must include death. The world of love includes death, suffers it, and triumphs over it. The world of efficiency is defeated by death; at death, all its instruments and procedures stop. The world of love continues, and of this, grief is the proof.

Wendell Berry, 20021
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