Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Dr. Stephen Rossi loved giving bad news to his patients. Pinpricked lobes on a cranial MRI, unexpected shadows ghosting a pulmonary x-ray, the irregular hops of an ECG -- these were his daily bread, his source of true delight. He exulted in reciting to the afflicted the precise number of silent strokes, the extent of the metastasis, the severity of the atrial fibrillation, every relevant piece of data and quite a few that were not. He left the shock and the denials and the tears for his nurses. He had to attend to important matters.
Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009