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Love Poison and Intrigue at MD Anderson

Posted 6/9/2013

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  First, I do know the basic rules (and many of the arcance ones) of grammar, and I surely know the title of this blog should read "Love, Poison, and Intrigue at MD Anderson". However this system won't accept punctuation of any kind in the title, so I am left looking poorly educated. I am quite certain that my English/grammar teachers at St Agnes Episcopal School would be horrified.

  Come to think of it, there likely was a fair amount of love and intrigue going on there, but most of it went right by me.  I do remember that a history teacher quietly vanished after there were many complaints that she talked too much about the sexual habits of ancient civilizations, and there was a girl a year ahead of me who quietly vanished, taking with her a loud chorus of rumors about pregnancy. Otherwise, I was pretty naive.


  Today's entry won't teach you anything useful about breast cancer, but it is fine reading. A breast oncologist at MD Anderson has been accused of lacing her lover's (also an oncologist there) with a chemial used in anti-freeze. He was quite sick, is reportedly still recovering, and she is on administrative leave. I suspect the plot will thicken with many twists and turns. One that will probably be under-reported is what this is like for her patients. We know how very important it is to trust and respect your doctors, and this surely would change that view.

  From the Washington Post, here is the beginning and headline and then a link to read more:

Houston oncologist charged with poisoning coffee of her lover, a fellow doctor

HOUSTON — Prosecutors have charged a Houston oncologist with spiking her lover and coworker’s coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical used in antifreeze and medical research, causing serious health problems including renal failure.

Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, a breast cancer oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was charged last week with aggravated assault against Dr. George Blumenschein, a specialist in lung and head and neck cancers at the institution. The two were in “a casual sexual relationship,” according to a criminal complaint.


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