The Great Pretender

A killer masquerades as back, heart, and leg pain

By Tony Dajer|Sunday, July 01, 2001
The jangle of a phone. Breaching a deep, delicious sleep, I reach out and palm the receiver. Jeff's voice: "I need some help." No point quizzing— he's my best resident. My eyelids shut against hot pokers of light. It's 3:30 a.m. In the emergency room, a young Chinese man crouches on a stretcher, bellowing in pain. He springs forward, pushing Jeff and Jackie, the nurse, aside. "Aaahhh," he wails. His upper body writhes, as if he's trying to dislodge a sword wedged between his shoulder bla...

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