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Dying for Beginners

Patrick L. Clary, MD

Patrick L. Clary, MD, is Board Certified in Family Practice and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Educated at Georgetown College and later at Georgetown’s School of Medicine, his first professional training was in poetry as a student of Roland Flint. Dying for Beginners grew out of discussions with Steven Foster and Meredith Little starting in 2003, when he led a group of hospice workers to Death Valley to participate in a Vision Fast. His poetry has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, CoEvolution Quarterly, Patient Care, Journal of Palliative Medicine, JAMA and Journal of Medical Humanities, as well as in anthologies, literary magazines and two previous collections: Notes for a Loveletter, and Old Friends. A conscientious objector on the basis of Quaker beliefs, he served as a medic with US Infantry Units in Vietnam 1969-70. He is Past President of the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and remains active in end-of-life care by with roles in teaching, and advocacy.

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