Education  |   December 2016
A Proper Burial
Author Notes
  • From the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire. brian.d.sites@hitchcock.org
  • Carol Wiley Cassella, M.D., served as Handling Editor for this submission.
    Carol Wiley Cassella, M.D., served as Handling Editor for this submission.×
  • Accepted for publication August 3, 2016.
    Accepted for publication August 3, 2016.×
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Education / Mind to Mind
Education   |   December 2016
A Proper Burial
Anesthesiology 12 2016, Vol.125, 1244-1245. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001318
Anesthesiology 12 2016, Vol.125, 1244-1245. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001318
It was a crisp early spring New England morning and the temperature was flirting with the ability to tease the buds out of the barren branches. I was post-call and exhausted. With my adrenalin levels too high to sleep, I went out for a run to clear my mind of the night’s imagery related to the bloody death of a young cancer patient. The morning’s silence and stillness were broken by the hum of a vehicle accelerating toward me around the bend. I watched a small red squirrel dart out from the woods trying to capture a barren acorn that somehow had survived the winter. The truck roared past me and crushed the squirrel as it tried to drag the large acorn to safety. The squirrel never got a chance to enjoy a bite.
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