Vital Signs: An Uninvited Guest

The young woman carried a baby that wasn't her own—and wasn't even a human.

By Claire Panosian Dunavan|Sunday, December 27, 2009
It was another hectic day for our Los Angeles hospital’s infectious diseases service, and the pages were coming in droves. As a result, my team—a senior doctor in training (the “fellow”), two residents, an intern, and a medical student—had fanned out to different floors of our sprawling university center. One of us would evaluate patients with pathogenic bacteria in their blood, one would weigh patients’ requests for prescription antibiotics, and the others we...

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