She looked healthy, yet the X ray suggested she would soon die
The diagnosis appeared depressingly straightforward. The woman was 64. She had cervical cancer. And the X ray I was looking at strongly suggested she would soon die from the disease. But she didn't look like a terminal cancer patient. Sitting on the examining table at Cook County Hospital, Chicago's public hospital, this patient was ebullient, chatting along in Spanish with an Indian accent that I barely understood. She was round as a doughboy in her white paper gown, and her face, colored...
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