KevinMD Feature: The letter this physician wants to write to her patients
Before there was doom-scrolling, there were sad books. For me, it was Chapter 18 in Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. The chapter is a fictional portrayal of Mr. Grossman imagining his mother’s last words. The protagonist—modeled on the author—and their two mothers have the same fate at the hands of the Nazis. I tried several times to get through that chapter, through that letter, and through the book. I can’t do it. There are never enough tissues or enough courage to finish. But, there are moments that the words don’t reach.
Cue the pandemic.