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Boston Globe staff photographer Dina Rudick spent the day before Halloween on a sidewalk along Longwood Avenue. Her portraits from that day captured the essence of the neighborhood, perhaps none more than this one, for the way it blends generations of medicine and research. Harvard medical students Lisa Rosenfeld and Rachel Simon (Above, front left to right) and internal medicine residents Dr. Lauren Yang, Dr. Ritesh Kotecha, and Dr. Michael Mi, were walking and stopped to have their picture taken with the man they called their “fearless leader.” Dr. Howard Libman, at left in the vest if that isn’t obvious, is the director of the HIV Program in Healthcare Associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Longwood is smart,” said Dr. Mi, with a smile, before he was immediately harassed by his colleagues. They were on their way back to the hospital after having lunch - a treat from Dr. Libman.

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Rob Leaster

Computer support technician, Boston Children’s Hospital

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“Longwood is very interesting because there’s always special projects going on, some sort of construction. It’s always fast-paced. People are always on the go.”

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Bill Fiorito and Cesar Martinez

Fiorito: Field supervisor, Architectural Building & Restoration; Martinez: public safety officer/dispatcher, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

“They call me ‘senior’ because I’m older than the other guys. Longwood is health. There are a lot more buildings and a lot more jobs. The nurses used to wear white caps. Now they wear sneakers!” — Fiorito

“Longwood is family.” — Martinez

Diana Glidden

Diana Glidden

Nurse practitioner, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

“Longwood is a great place for care.”

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Dr. Annekathryn Goodma and Mike McGovern

Goodman: associate professor of gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and assistant director of the Vincent Gynecologic Oncology Division at Mass. General; McGovern: Research assistant and pathology technician, Children’s Hospital (flying off to an office Halloween party)

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“Longwood is a hub of excellence for education, research and medical care.”— Annekathryn

“I thought people needed to be saved! I tend to do the pose and pretend I’m Superman. Longwood is a great place. Everyone who comes through seems to want to do some good for the world.” — McGovern

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Reem Alami

Employee at central pharmacy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, co-op student from Northeastern at Brigham and Women’s.

“Longwood is a place full of great research and discovery.”

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Dr. Tamara Rozental

Hand and upper-extremity specialist orthopedic surgeon at Beth Israel, just finished reconstructing a flexor tendon and next up was surgery on a broken wrist.

“Longwood is the Disneyland for medicine.”

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Barbara Kelly

Kelly, a home health aid, with her client, Eleanor Kendall.

“Longwood is where I bring my clients.”

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Father Boniface

Monk at the Holy Transfiguration Monestary in Brookline where he raises three goats, returning from an appointment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“Longwood really needs some major traffic revision. They keep building new buildings. Great things are happening, but getting around here is very difficult.”

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Dr. T.C. Elliott

Elliott (left), a first-year resident in internal medicine at Beth Israel, with his friend, Pierce Ogden, a first-year Ph.D. student in biomedical science at Harvard Medical School.

“The learning curve is steep to balance empathy with being able to stay methodical and logical. Longwood is medicine. It’s sort of the mecca of medicine for the world, really. People are flying in from all over the world to get treatment for every disease imaginable.”