Chapter 13 Summary

As native workers dig a grave outside, Matron summons Dr. Ghosh to Casualty. The pale White man is there with her, but Ghosh’s back is to him and he is able to walk past without having to talk to him. Behind the curtain, some men are praying around a man lying on the table. The man is obviously in pain; he is also vaguely familiar to Ghosh. It takes very little time for the doctor to diagnose the problem called volvulus—a twisted colon that is obstructing the bowels. It is a common problem among Ethiopians, and it can only be corrected with surgery. Many die without access to surgery. Ghosh explains that their surgeon is gone, which the patient has already heard. Suddenly the doctor remembers where he has seen the man...

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