Opinion: My son will be fine, she told the doctors, because he is the Lord God Jesus Christ

Editor’s note: This essay, initially published a year before the emergence of the global coronavirus pandemic, takes on new meaning in light of the failure to find common language around Covid-19.

Medical parables are day-to-day stories passed down from doctor to doctor across an operating table, between seeing patients on rounds, or while changing into scrubs in the locker room. Through humor, sarcasm, and sometime grisly recountings, these stories pass along information and culture not found in any textbook.

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