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What Is Death?

What do Mormons believe about death, and how does this affect the way we live our lives? by Alan Sanderson, MD One of my patients died a couple of weeks ago from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was a wonderful … Continue reading

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It Becomes You, Part IV: Academic Vertigo and the Identity Crisis

Thoughts and memories about medical school clinical rotations, specialty choice, and applying to residency by Alan B. Sanderson, MD This article is the fourth of a six-part series, written in the hope that it will be useful to those who … Continue reading

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Memories of a Mentor

The cardiologist with a big heart, John M. Stang, MD by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Lately I have been thinking about John Stang, MD, one of my teachers and mentors during medical school. I am proud to call him my … Continue reading

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Where Is the Pavilion?

A story of family faith and tragedy. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD My grandfather wrote in his autobiography: “Sometimes a storm seems to blow up out of nowhere, a tiny cloud on the horizon which brings rain, hail, and winds … Continue reading

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Is Life Fair?

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Diagnosing brain death is never an easy experience, even when the medical facts are relatively straightforward. The … Continue reading

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Unspoken Wishes

“In the quiet heart is hidden sorrow that the eye can’t see.” – Susan Evans McCloud (from “Lord, I Would Follow Thee“) by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I learned an old piece of wisdom when I was in medical school: … Continue reading

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Christmas on Call

Be grateful for every Christmas you can spend with your family. by Alan Sanderson, MD This month I made a recording of “Away in a Manger” with my wife and kids. This is one of my favorite Christmas carols because … Continue reading

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The Works of God Made Manifest

Disease can be one of God’s most powerful refining tools. by Alan Sanderson, MD. Adapted from remarks given at the funeral of Stewart C. Sanderson, 30 July 2016. Some of my favorite stories about Uncle Stewart involve Mount Timpanogos. The … Continue reading

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The Mortal Doctor

Medical doctors have a unique perspective on mortality, but we are just as mortal as our patients are. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I will always remember the first time I saw someone die. I was a medical student working … Continue reading

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