Cutting for Stone Chapter 39: The Cure for What Ails Thee
By Abraham Verghese
Chapter 39: The Cure for What Ails Thee
In surgery, the other doctors tell Marion that he needs to contaminate Dr. Abramovitz, a.k.a. Popsy, before he's allowed to cut on the patient. He's a little taken aback.
Dr. Popsy, a very old man, makes a shaky cut and causes a big problem. He announces that he's contaminated himself and steps away from the room, leaving the mess to Marion and Deepak, the chief resident.
Marion and Deepak find a tumor in Dr. Popsy's belly, which Marion had missed when he did tests. He learns his lesson and feels terrible about it.