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1. Explain why other doctors let Dr. Frank Conway rant and rave after one of his patients dies.

Dr. Frank Conway is a skilled heart surgeon. Whenever one of his patients dies, he rants and raves, typically blaming someone else, such as the anesthesiologist or a technician. Other doctors put up with his temper tantrums because he is very good at what he does, losing only eight percent of his patients. Apparently this is an excellent success rate.

2. Who is Mrs. McPherson, and what happens to her?

Mrs. McPherson, mother of four children, is one of Dr. Conway's patients. During heart surgery, she dies. Despite thorough efforts to resuscitate her, she does not come back to life.

3. What does John Berry say about Dr. Conway's manner of conducting autopsies?

Dr. John Berry, a pathologist, says that Dr. Conway always conducts his own autopsies late at night, perhaps as though he is punishing himself. It is rumored that he either giggles or cries while performing autopsies, but nobody knows for certain.

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