By Patrick Lynch

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Allen looked at Ford's upraised hands inquisitively, as though searching for dirt. " Ford watched Allen's receding back and reflected on the potential calamity of having Lucy Patou onto him. Their relationship, fragile from the very start, had taken a turn for the worse at the beginning of the year when he had published an article in The California Medical Review. The article had focused on some unusual infections afflicting abdominal-wound patients at the Willowbrook where the principal pathogen had been Enterococcus faecalis, part of a community of anaerobic bacteria found in the lower digestive tract.

What's happening down there? " "Yes, yes," said Ford. "We're on top of it. Last night got pretty hectic, though. " "I don't think we'll ever be allowed to forget it. The switchboard's been jammed all day. " "I thought the media was concentrating on the hospitals. " West inched closer. "Actually, I'm wondering if it might not be helpful in the long run. I mean, this Hammel story is national news, especially with the disturbances. " Ford nodded. Politics was West's strong point, federal politics in particular.

Ford, surely you don't expect pharmaceutical companies to be responsible for controlling the way drugs are prescribed in the Third World. " It was an obvious objection, and one that Ford had anticipated.

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