Cutting for Stone - Part Four: Chapters 38 - 42 Summary & Analysis

Abraham Verghese
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Part Four: Chapters 38 - 42 Summary

Marion arrives in New York City after a harrowing journey out of Africa. He is surprised that no one rifles through his luggage or assumes he is a terrorist in America. It is not nearly as hostile as he expected. He makes his way from the airport to Our Lady of Perpetual Succor Hospital in the Bronx. He is expecting to visit the hospital for an interview, and is shocked when they hand him his contract. During his first surgery, he learns that Head Doctor, Popsy, will be scrubbing in. Marion is confused, then, when the scrub nurses and anesthesiologist insist that Marion immediately contaminate Popsy so he cannot operate. When Popsy arrives, Marion is too afraid to contaminate Popsy, and is aghast when he makes a sloppy slice through the patient, perforating the bowel. Popsy leaves...

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