My medical training took place in the public hospital of downtown Miami, in the early 1990s. Our city at that time was a drug trafficking hotbed, and our trauma center was a coveted place for army surgeons to rotate, since it gave them invaluable experience in treating gunshot wounds night after busy night. Many victims were shot while committing a crime. Prison inmates were commonly treated in the rest of the hospital and outpatient areas. We even had a prison ward, which was highly secure and terribly dreary.

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To make death by poison one of the arrows in the doctor’s quiver is to change the entire medical profession.