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Academic Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31828ffc3e
Medicine and the Arts

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Swendiman, Robert A.

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Operating Suite #9. We waited in silence for the pathologist to call.

A 15-month-old boy lay before us. Flaccid, sterile, powerless.

There were only two possibilities, given the X-ray and MRI.

We prayed it wasn’t cancer.

“I only see blood, no abnormal cells. No cancer.”

Sigh of relief. The diagnosis was child abuse.

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