Health Care in America: An Intimate Glimpse

  title={Health Care in America: An Intimate Glimpse},
  author={Byron Farwell},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  • B. Farwell
  • Published 15 December 1996
  • Medicine
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
I am an obese 75-year-old man. I recently had a large cyst removed from my spine, along with some bits of bone for which the surgeon said I had no need. The surgeon, trained at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard, had an impressive resume and came highly recommended. He was, in addition, a very likable fellow. He looked about 18 years old. I had last had surgery 30 years earlier in Switzerland, where I had a large room with a window overlooking the Alps in a hospital that boasted a…