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To J.R.C. with L.O.V.E.

  • Gordon D. Rubenfeld
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    Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center (G.D.R.), Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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  • Scott D. Halpern
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    Address correspondence to: Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania, 310 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
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    Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy (S.D.H.),University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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      In reading the remarkable contributions in this issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management devoted to the career of one man, Dr. J. Randall (Randy) Curtis, many words were offered by his enormous network of colleagues and mentees: compassion, devotion, empathy, commitment, loyalty, honesty, humor, dedication, courage, and brilliance. Another word–love–is mentioned sparingly, and while understandable, we wish to ensure it is not overlooked. Though of course, as with so many things, Randy beat us to the punch even on this, through the advice he has given for years to “Work with people you like, or even love.” We have heard him make this point to individual mentees, to small groups, and, most recently, in his moving presentations and publications since his diagnosis with ALS.
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