Chapter 7: The Leper on the Bus
The chief resident told us the man had emigrated from the Ukraine to São Paolo, Brazil, where he plied his trade as a cobbler for 15 years. Each day during that period, he took the same bus route to and from the inner city—accompanied by lepers who were being treated as outpatients in São Paolo’s leprosarium. He eventually immigrated to Seattle, where he was employed in a downtown shoe-repair shop.
Chapter 8: Bow Ties
Bill Blass, the fashion authority stated that bow tie wearers are “A cult, a signature look for intellectuals, a highly personal signature.” Washington lawyer, Mark Sandground, who wears bow ties himself, says bow ties aren’t the thing to look for in a juror.
Chapter 12: Humor as Medicine
One style is self-serving, while the other style serves others. In the first style, an individual displays self-enhancing humor and a humorous outlook on life and can maintain this positive perspective even when faced with potentially stressful events and situations. These individuals also use humor as a coping strategy to minimize negative emotions and keep a realistic perspective on life.
Chapter 13: The Father of Bone Marrow Transplantation
The upper age limit at most centers is 50 to 55 years for an allogeneic transplant (related or unrelated) and 60 to 65 years for an autologous transplant. The decisions to place age limits on hematopoietic stem cell transplantation have been driven by higher complications and death in older age groups. This is attributed to their reduced ability to withstand high doses of chemotherapy (and sometimes irradiation) needed before the transplant, higher risk of short- and long-term complications of therapy and having other major health problems such as serious heart, lung, liver or kidney disease. The older transplant recipients also suffer acute and chronic graft versus host disease more frequently than their younger counterparts.
Chapter 15: The Oldest Man in the World
Physicians are concerned about a national healthcare policy in which treatment is restricted just based on age. Relying on age alone, without additional factors such as frailty, quality of life and concurrent diseases, is something we must avoid. Besides, the organs of the same person age at different rates.