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The power and prevalence of loneliness

By: Charlotte S. Yeh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services, Inc., Guest Contributor All the lonely people, where do they all come from ?All the lonely people, where do they all belong? —The Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby” A few years ago, when I was the attending emergency physician working in the emergency department, the senior medical resident asked permission to discharge an older man. The resident was convinced the patient…

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