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Please," she shouted, but her voice was feeble. "Everything is fine, Lisa. " The pain stopped. Lisa could hear the doctors breathing. They were directly over her right ear. "Knife," said Dr. Newman. Lisa cringed. She felt pressure, like a finger being pressed against her scalp and rotated around the line drawn by the marking pen. She could feel warm fluid on her neck through the drapes. "Hemostats," said Dr. Newman. Lisa could hear sharp metallic snaps. "Raney clips," said Dr. Newman. "And call Mannerheim.

Shit," said Mannerheim, straightening up to relieve the tension in his back. "Lowry, if you'd rather do something else when you grow up, tell me. " From Lowry's position the resident could not see what he was doing. The door to the OR opened, and Philips entered, carrying the X rays. "Watch out," whispered Nancy Donovan. " "Thanks for the warning," said an exasperated Philips. It irritated him that everyone tolerated Mannerheim's adolescent personality, no matter how good a surgeon he was. He put the X rays up on the viewer, aware that Mannerheim had seen him.

Please enter presenting complaint. Philips typed: "seizure disorder," and entered that. Thank you. Please enter relevant clinical information. " Thank you. Please insert film in laser scanner. Philips went over to the scanner. The rollers within the lips of the insertion slot were moving. Carefully Philips lined up the X ray with its emulsion side down. The machine grabbed it and pulled it inside. The output typewriter activated. Philips walked over. It said: Thank you. Have a cup of coffee. Philips smiled.

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