Elective Surgery Is One Thing, Elective Politics Another – Washington Post

Why the Presidential Race Should Skirt The Doctor’s Office
Published: October 28, 2008

A few weeks ago, as I was making rounds on the oncology floor, one of my patients asked, out of the blue, “Hey, Doc, who you gonna vote for?”

I would have expected this patient to have other questions on his mind. He’s a 32-year-old writer whose leukemia had failed to remit after two rounds of chemotherapy. Now a third, more powerful regimen had dropped his white blood cell count to near zero, making him vulnerable to life-threatening infections. Read More

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