Island Practice

For the past three decades, the health of the residents of Nantucket has been the charge of Dr. Timothy Lepore, a larger than life figure who carves scalpels from stone and hunts with a pet hawk. But it's in this dedicated surgeon's practice that Pam Belluck finds a microcosm of the struggles faced by the health care system back on the American mainland.

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