I am the daughter of a physician and a nurse. My mother taught me that a doctor cannot function without the help of a nurse, and my father taught me that a doctor must treat patients with compassion. When I was a child, I often accompanied my father when he made house calls and hospital rounds, and I watched him care for his patients with love, humor, and compassion. I would spend hours studying the contents of his black doctor’s bag, inhaling the medicinal and antiseptic scents emanating from it, fascinated by the vials, syringes, and instruments that lay within its dark interior. Medicine and healthcare have been part of my life since I was a kid, and then I became a doctor myself. I am also a person with a chronic disease, asthma, for which I have been hospitalized multiple times. So I...

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