Chapter 9

Pull Out the Arrow

If one comes across a person who has been shot by an arrow, one does not spend time wondering about where the arrow came from, or the caste of the individual who shot it, or analyzing what type of wood the shaft is made of, or the manner in which the arrowhead was fashioned. Rather, one should focus on immediately pulling out the arrow.

Shakyamuni, the Buddha1

One of my favorite places to practice medicine is in the high mountains of Papua, New Guinea, among the most ancient civilizations in the world. It is a population that was discovered by planes flying over the mountains during World War II. Every few years I get to visit their clinics, which have none of the conveniences of modern hospitals.

Some of ...

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