Abraham Verghese

“sir.” “Very good. You can come and assist me in surgery if you like, Mr.…” “Stone, sir. Thomas Stone.” During the surgery Braithwaite found Thomas knew how to stay out of the way. When Braithwaite asked him to cut a ligature, Stone slid his scissors down to the knot and then turned the scissors at a forty-five-degree angle and cut, so there was no danger to the knot. Indeed, Stone so clearly understood his role that when the senior registrar showed up to assist, Braithwaite waved him off. Braithwaite pointed to a vein coursing over the pylorus. He asked Thomas what it was. “The pyloric vein of Mayo, sir …,” Thomas said, and appeared about to add something. Braithwaite waited, but Thomas was done. “Yes, that’s what it’s called, though I think that vein was there long before Mayo spotted it, don’t you think? Why do you think he took the trouble”


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