Broad Beans' Peculiar Side Effects

The boy’s skin took on a sickly hue, and the whites of his eyes were anything but. A common condition in newborns spelled trouble in an older child.

Bright yellow. That was the first thing I saw as I opened the door to the room of my 1-year-old patient, Reza. He sat on his father’s lap across from me. Dark brown hair fell across his forehead, and the whites of his eyes glowed with the brilliant yellow of a highlighter marker. His skin’s dark complexion was also tinted a dull yellow, producing the sallow cast of dead grass. Reza’s father bounced him daintily on his knee to help keep him calm. Physicians call yellowing of th...

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