An old friend of Thackery's, Abbie Alford, arrives at the hospital seeking his help. She has lost most of her nose as the result of syphilis, which she acquired from her now absent husband. Thackery agrees to perform a skin graft. Drs. Gallinger and Chickering try to learn the surgical process Edwards offered to show them but are unable to do so. Dr. Edwards is looking to open a treatment center in his basement office during night hours to treat black patients. He has to face the realities of what he can accomplish with limited resources however. Herman Barrow faces an ultimatum from his loan shark who seems to be quite ready to exact payment from him, one way or another. Ambulance driver Tom Cleary is surprised to see someone he knows enter a rundown tenement building. Other cases of typhoid fever begin to appear. Written by
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Thackery attempts to treat an old friend, Abigail, who has lost her nose due to untreated syphilis. Since the discovery of penicillin (in 1928), familiarity with the effects of long-term untreated syphilis have faded from public consciousness, but before that, the loss of a nose was one of the most familiar, widely recognized signals of the infection. The cosmetic surgical procedure that Thackery describes to Abigail was developed in the 16th century - and largely unimproved since then--as a way to mitigate the stigma of what was then called "saddle nose." See more