Medicine: Death's Schedule

A serious doctor no longer feels like Christ over Lazarus when he makes a dead patient's heart beat again. An injection of adrenalin or a tickle with the electrical pacemaker may do the trick. Or, if the patient is on the operating table with his abdomen or chest open, the surgeon may massage the heart into motion. Nonethe-less this stale medical story still looks like news and is printed, often on front pages a dozen times a year for the bench of those who cannot remember what they read.

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