October 30, 2015 – Using reasoning to save lives
ANN ARBOR—Dr. Sofía Merajver was 5 years old when she diagnosed her first patient—an uncle who was struggling to breathe and close to death.
An early reader who had become fascinated with the human body, Merajver had just finished reading an illustrated high school textbook about the respiratory system when she visited her beloved uncle, ‘tío Julio.’
As the adults discussed his condition with doctors outside the room, Merajver began questioning her uncle: “Does it hurt when you breathe in or when you breathe out? Does it hurt more at the beginning or the end?”