Medicine: The Old Man

In the operating theater whose big windows fronted on the jungle, the woman patient's abdomen was laid open. Surgeon Olwen Silgardo was worried. The mask could not filter out the strain in his voice as he asked: "Somebody send for the old man, please." The old man hurried in without waiting to don a mask. "Is that a cyst?" he asked. "No," answered Silgardo, "it looks as though a tumor has spread." The old man asked: "Do you mind if I get my hands in there?" A nurse helped him into his surgical gloves. The two doctors proceeded to do...

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