Innocence revisited

Innocence revisited – 22

Eva Szego



Dr Eva Szego relates two cases where the laws of genetic inheritance had some unfortunate consequences.

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Mother and son

I had just finished my morning surgery when the radiologist rang.

‘You know Mrs N whom you sent for an upper abdominal ultrasound? Her liver is full with metastatic cancer.’

I suddenly felt a sinking feeling in my stomach, which I always get in stressful situations. The feeling of shame, incompetence and failure was overwhelming. I had looked after her for more than 25 years. How could I have overlooked the primary? On the other hand she had been quite well until now.

I tried to calm myself – she had only complained about her rheumatism. Recently I had suggested hip replacement, but she would not hear of it.