When the chief of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital asked Jim O’Connell, then a senior resident, to join a new Boston program to bring health care to the homeless, O’Connell thought he was signing on for a year before heading into a career in oncology. That was in 1985. “As you get to know [the homeless], you start to hear their stories, and understand the overwhelming odds they’ve been facing so long,” he said Friday.
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