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Hope as Plan: On Words, Health Policy, and Making Ideas Matter

It was 2010, I was perusing The New Yorker online as my keen seventeen-year-old self occasionally did, and I stumbled upon a piece innocuously entitled ‘Letting Go’. On its face, it was an article about health policy and palliative care. But what I found upon reading it was a powerful and visceral exploration of human mortality, about what it means to be confronted with the end of one’s own life. I was floored by it. That was also the first time I read the name Atul Gawande. READ MORE