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Groopman has written extensively for many publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, and The New Republic and Time magazine as well as medical and scientific journals. The Measure of Our Days tells the reader about Groopman's technique with patients, not directly, but through stories. Groopman takes his title from a Psalm of David, Psalm 39, "Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
Dr. Groopman, as well as being a prolific writer, has an exceptional insight of the importance of confronting one's death, both for the patient and for their family and friends. The eight patients he synopsis’s vary extensively in their personalities and in their ailments, yet each of them in the end display a kind of heroism, strength, and the power to change their lives no matter what their diagnosis. Groopman's book is more than a collection of moving stories about sick people; it is about the strength hope gives us in times of need.
Groopman accounts the illnesses and deaths of four AIDS patients; there is the young boy who survived acute myeloblastic leukemia, but died of AIDS, from a blood transfusion, later in his teens; the physician with hemophilia, a fellow in Groopman's own research laboratory, who had been infected with HIV; an aged European businessman, and a young woman who contracted AIDS on vacation in Martinique. The book shows how she disengaged herself from the other AIDS patients in the waiting room because she did not want to face her future with this illness. She did not even tell her mom until she decided to adopt a child. Dan also hid his illness until he felt he had to tell Groopman incase it could effect his work.
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