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Doctors who write

The day I graduated from medical school, a family friend who’s a nurse handed me a gift-wrapped megapack of Bic pens. “You’ll need these,’’ she explained. “Doctors write a lot.’’

In the 25 years since, keyboards have mostly replaced pens, but what she said has held true. Daily, I write visit notes, progress notes, admission notes, death notes, and letters to patients and colleagues. There are few other professions whose members do so much writing.

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