The Plot against the Patient

The Plot against the Patient

The Plot against the Patient

The Plot against the Patient


In Asbury Park, New Jersey, a professional man left his office on the afternoon of July 8, 1964, and headed for home. Then it happened. He had just stopped at the Central Jersey Bank in Allenhurst, and when he got back into his car, his left eye suddenly began to bother him. He had had a cataract removed from this eye the previous year in an operation requiring fourteen stitches. Until this moment, he had thought the eye completely recovered.

"There was no pain," the businessman (we'll call him Charlie Brinkley) recalled later, "but it felt funny and I kept rubbing it. The only thing I noticed was that the vision seemed a little blurred."

When Charlie reached home, he noticed another peculiar symptom.

"I could see with only half the eye," he says. "I could see things from the outside corner of it, but I couldn't see anything this way"--gesturing toward his nose.

He lay down on his bed, and his wife telephoned the Newark specialist who had performed the cataract-removal operation. An appointment was made for Charlie to see the specialist the next morning.

One look at the eye the next day was enough for the specialist . . .

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