The Ghost Print (In Practice) (Interview)
The Hastings Center Report 2011, Jan-Feb, 41, 1
The Hastings Center Report
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He tells everyone in the room to leave except you. The others on your team--the attending, your cointern, and two medical students--all file out quickly. The heavy door closes behind them. The bolt clicks. It's your third month on medicine, your eleventh hour on call. He sits at the edge of the hospital bed with his back to you. His torso is wrapped in a thick spiral of bandages discolored by blood in various stages of drying. "If you want to take a look," he says to you, his voice remote, "you'll have to cut them off yourself." You start cutting the bandages away from his chest. His wife sits in the corner of the room. She wears large, dark sunglasses that obscure much of her bony face. She says nothing. When you're done cutting, ribbons of bandages pile on the bed next to him. You step back to take in the whole picture. Of what has happened. Of what he's done to himself.
- Category: Life Sciences
- Published: 01 January 2011
- Publisher: Hastings Center
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 5 Pages
- Language: English