A Shadow of Doubt in Her Lungs

She looked healthy, yet the X ray suggested she would soon die.

By Stewart Massad|Thursday, May 1, 2003
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 by th...

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