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‘The things I will remember most’

Tucked away in a corner of Stanford’s School of Medicine, Dr. Abraham Verghese works most days of the week. His office consists of the conventional staples: a computer, stacks of papers and files, framed certificates of academic degrees and a coat stand in the corner where multiple white coats — all with his name and title embroidered across the chest — hang. His bookcases are filled not only with classic medical references, but also his own works, a testament to his tremendous success as a physician-writer.