Medicine: Mother to Son

Twenty-odd years ago in Sweden a baby was born with no ears. In every other way he was normal. When the boy was old enough to go to school, he rather enjoyed being a phenomenon, joked about it with his mates. In adolescence he became much more sensitive. He could hear perfectly—but instead of outer ears he had two repulsive stumps.

Girls avoided the young man. He fell desperately in love with one of them, but was afraid to approach her. Naturally, no attractive young woman was going to tie herself for life to an earless young man. He fell to brooding....

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