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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.