A small private ward, an old woman lies in bed, close to death. A nurse takes her pulse, and notices a syringe and an unbroken phial next to the bed. Worried and hesitant, the nurse decides to give the patient an injection but shortly after she breaks the phial, Doctor Cordell enters and she quickly puts them back into the bowl. Cordell, after examining the patient, quietly asks the nurse what she is doing. He hasn't prescribed the injection. 'She needs it. Without it she'll die,' explains the nurse nervously. Cordell tells her to take it away, and after she has gone, he looks angry but keeps it in. He looks at the old lady whose breathing becomes more faint and erratic.
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With thanks to Michael Seely