Medicine: Signed Work

Twenty years ago at Waterloo. Iowa, Dr. Joseph Ambrose Jerger ingeniously mended Peter Grimes's broken right leg with metal plates. It was Dr. Jerger's first case. So, like a medieval artisan, he proudly signed each plate with his initials.

That was his only reward, for Peter Grimes was too poor to pay.

Recently in Chicago a truck crushed the same Peter Grimes's mended leg. The surgeon who attended him was Dr. Jerger, now practicing in Chicago. As Dr. Jerger amputated Peter Grimes's leg, he thrilled on recognizing the signature of his old handiwork. Later, when he learned that Peter Grimes had received $20,000...

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