Sara Manning Peskin

Neurologist and Writer

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The Symptoms of Protracted Dying

Just as Geraldine was stubborn and exceptional in life, her family believed she would be exceptional in beating her prognosis....

The New York Times, October 24, 2017

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A Crash Course in Honeymoon Survival

Four days into our honeymoon, my husband and I faced the end of our marriage, the end of our lives...

The New York Times, July 24, 2016

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The Other Woman

Before her, my husband and I met on a rudimentary dating website, out-clevering each other by email until constant wittiness became so exhausting that we decided to meet in person...

The Huffington Post, May 4, 2017

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The Gentler Symptoms of Dying

The patient’s hair was styled with curls so stiff, they held her head a few inches up from her hospital pillow. She had painted her lips a shade of bright pink that exuded the confidence of age...

The New York Times, July 11, 2017

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Fuhgeddaboudit: Why You Forget More Than You Want

We all have memories we’ve tried to forget. The time you dressed as the Oregon Trail wagon for Halloween. Your last tequila shot, and all the ones before it. Most of your early teens...

The Huffington Post, December 03, 2016

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This Immigrant Was Too Sick To Get Health Insurance

Mr. Santo’s belly was growing. It had been for months, as his liver hardened and fluid seeped into the void between his bowels and his abdominal wall...

The Huffington Post, April 21, 2016

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The Symptoms of Dying

You and I, one day we’ll die from the same thing. We’ll call it different names: cancer, diabetes, heart failure, stroke. One organ will fail, then another. Or maybe all at once...

The New York Times, June 20, 2017

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Dear Donald, Meet Saad

Donald: Saad. Saad: Donald. Consider yourselves e-introduced. Saad is one of the Muslim refugees you wanted to bar from the United States. He resettled here in 2015, and now you’ll find him cruising the casino floor most evenings, headed to the kitchen to wash dishes in a hotel restaurant...

The Huffington Post, March 21, 2016

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The Way We Were.

In case we forget, amidst the diapers and bottles, this is how we were before you were born. We were “Sara” and “Jeremy,” not “Mom” and “Dad.”...

The Boston Globe Magazine, March 30, 2018

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My Human Doctor.

Medical school teaches us to examine, to research, to treat. We don’t learn to err and recover...

The New York Times, October 4, 2018