The wife of an anthropologist can not bring herself to confess to her husband that she had all her upper teeth removed many years before when he was away for an extended period. When she is hospitalized for a hysterectomy, she is told she must remove her dentures. She is appalled that her husband might see her without her teeth and nearly refuses the operation. She is helped by an Indian physician with a limp who understands her needs.


This story illustrates how every patient may have quirks which comprise part of their identity. Physicians who are intolerant of or insensitive to individual patient needs may cause major discomfort and discord for the patient.

Primary Source

Taking the World in for Repairs


W. Morrow

Place Published

New York



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