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- Dr. Joanne Lynn senior scientist at the RAND Corporation
- Dr. Jerald Winakur associate faculty member at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center; he's practiced internal medicine and geriatrics for almost 30 years
- Robin Marantz Henig writer for the New York Times Magazine
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