Chapter 4 Summary

Matron steps away from Sister Mary Joseph Praise and hands her off to a speechless Thomas Stone. He feels helpless and even afraid; this is unfamiliar to him, but the families of his patients must often feel thus. When he finally speaks, in a rare act of humility he says they need Dr. Hemlatha. A Cesarean section is one of the only surgeries Thomas Stone has never performed, and that is because of his aversion to anything obstetrical. In medical school he had purchased his own cadaver, a middle-aged woman. As he wielded his scalpel and exposed the intricacies of the human anatomy, he felt quite comfortable with her. When his studies took him to the pelvis and he sliced open the uterus, a tiny fetus fell out, still connected to its...

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