I learned abouta lot ofthings in medical school, but
mortalitywasn’t one ofthem.Although I wasgivena
solely a way to learn about human anatomy. Our
of their lives, and how it affects those around them
classic novella. It was in a weekly seminar called
Patient-Doctor—part of theschool’s effort to makeus
weeks we’d learn aboutthe effects ofsocioeconomics
from some unnamed, untreatable disease.
SaintPetersburg magistrate whoseliferevolvesmostly
work. Formerly an “intelligent, polished, lively and
agreeable man,” he grows depressed and enfeebled.
Friends and colleaguesavoid him.His wife calls in a