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Stories We Tell Ourselves

Romantic complications between a surgical coordinator and a brilliant transplant specialist.

"I hadn’t wanted Clara at first, at least no more than any other woman I’d casually slept with. Too bony, too neurotic. Too pale. But when she asked for a ride home from the dinner party where we met, I drove, intrigued at the prospect of UCSF’s top heart-transplant surgeon debasing herself with a med school dropout-turned-cellist."

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Johnny America on the Black Market

The aftermath of a back alley operation.

" He was lying in a tub with a gash around his gut that looked badly sewn up and possibly infected. The stitching was so poor that it mirrored the seams on a homemade football done left-handed. Ugly zigzags. The tub was floating full of Pabst and Budweiser cans. No ice, just cans and lukewarm water the color of weak coffee doing the cooling."

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A Death in Emergency Room One

How doctors tried, and failed, to save President Kennedy.

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Beyond Recognition

The story of a face transplant.

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Mrs. Kelly's Monster

Edna Kelly’s brain goes under the knife.

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Bad to the Bone

A medical device company experiments on humans.

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Transfiguration

How a surgical innovation allowed Dallas Weins to find a new face.

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The Split Brain: A Tale of Two Halves

The impact, both on researchers and patients, of a radical treatment.