Of Grammy tweets and Gawande

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When it comes to the Grammy Awards, even Dr. Atul Gawande likes to get his Twit­ter on.

While the cel­e­brated sur­geon, pro­fes­sor and au­thor usu­ally uses the medium to ad­dress the great health­care is­sues of the day, as the an­nual mu­sic awards show dragged late into the night, he tweeted: “Ok, I gotta op­er­ate in the morn­ing. So do I stay for Frank Ocean?”

But be­fore you can say “For­rest Gump” (the name of the song R&B singer Ocean even­tu­ally per­formed), Gawande re­ceived his an­swer. He then du­ti­fully shared it with his fol­low­ers.

“Your honor, I’d like to in­tro­duce into ev­i­dence a tweet Dr Gawande sent the night be­fore he fell asleep on my pa­tient,” tweeted Joel Po­tis­chman (whose bio de­scribes him as a “soft­ware guy”).

Other re­ply tweets stated “pa­tient safety is way over­rated” and “Sh­h­hhh no­body has to know. Any­thing goes wrong, just blame it on the res­i­dent.”

In the morn­ing, it was re­vealed that dis­cre­tion had been on Gawande’s check­list, as he tweeted, “Sounds like bed and watch­ing the Levon Helm trib­ute on youtube were the best choice.”

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