Miracle or Outlier?

A story in the New York Times about a cancer patient who wanted to live to see her daughter’s wedding caught my attention.

Haider Javed Warraich, a resident in internal medicine writes:

As a physician, I never liked the word “miracle.” I preferred to think in terms of “medical outliers.” And yet that day of the wedding did feel like a miracle. Physicians often share their patients’ sorrow, but rarely their joys. No, we had not discovered the cure to cancer, but we felt that we had achieved something powerful — freeing, if only temporarily, our patient from her disease.


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