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Artwork by Tess Bergman To the two pre-med students on the bus: I’m sorry you had no form of entertainment today — no interesting patient story to share with your pre-med friends. I’m sorry that no one was crazy enough for you and that you didn’t get to look on in amusement  while someone struggled to stutter a sentence, while someone paces and mumbles incoherently, while someone speaks in no order and makes no sense, while someone picks their nail beds until they bleed, or their hair, or eyebrows, or digs at their flesh. I’m so sorry that you had no patients with blood soaked in their clothes, and that there were no suicide attempts or self-harm injuries, no mania-induced decisions that led to the E.R. That you had no schizophrenic episodes or autistic meltdowns triggered by sensory overload. I’m so sorry that us “crazy” ones didn’t relapse today and that…

Dr. Frank Darras has a light meal on this kind of day. It has to be big enough to keep him going, but small enough to not to break his focus later on and add pressure to the knife of anticipation over his head as his patients wait for him in the presurgical area. This routine is familiar and has not changed significantly, even though Dr. Darras has practiced surgery for nearly 32 years.                   “No matter what type of surgery I’m doing, big or small, I always play the operation out in my head like a video tape,” said Darras in his 19th floor office inside the Health Sciences Center. “I play out the steps of what I am going to do, how I am going to do it and always with the thought of what I would do if something goes wrong.”   Dr. Darras is an older…