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[Perspectives] Medicine’s uncanny valley: the problem of standardising empathy

A month after my father died of heart failure in a cardiac intensive-care unit in my hometown, I flew back to Baltimore to finish my final year of medical school. Although I was apprehensive about returning to the hospital, I knew that the full schedule would be a welcome distraction. Still, I was surprised how easily I fell back into the old routine of attending morning rounds, admitting patients, writing progress notes, and presenting cases to the head physician.