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A Sad Story – The Life of a Hotel Doctor

September 17, 2020


The caller was Chinese, and he wanted a medicine. That could mean anything. He gave the name which, through his thick accent, sounded like “desitin,” an over-the-counter treatment for diaper rash.

That didn’t seem right, so I coaxed him through the spelling (“S as in Shanghai….? “T as in Taiwan…?). The result was “dasatinib.” This turns out to be treatment for leukemia, FDA approved a few years ago, and superior to other treatments. A friend in China had asked the guest to obtain some.

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