Doctor breaks neck, sees reality of healthcare
Arnold Relman was in pretty good shape for a 90-year-old—until the day he fell down the stairs and fractured three vertebrae in his neck, he writes in the New York Review of Books. He was rushed to Massachusetts General, where a crack medical team saved his life by performing an emergency tracheotomy (he couldn't breathe with a hemorrhage pressing on his windpipe) and restarting his heart three times. Through a haze of pain, sleepless nights, and his family's comforting presence, Relman, a senior Harvard physician, witnessed "the current state of medical care in the U.S."
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