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By William J. Buchanan

"This isn't really your ordinary account of a tender man's demise of melanoma, yet a full of life and unheard of tale of John Baker's decision to go away scholars with newfound talents and self-confidence. . . . a striking, uplifting tale of desire and backbone which is just not missed."--Bookwatch

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It was a master psych-out. Calhoun and Bess moved into the forfeited lead. Johnson held back. In the far turn of the third lap, with Bess and Calhoun still ahead, John and Johnson moved for the lead at the same momentand collided. Pushed to one side, John fought to keep his feet. Less jostled, Johnson took the lead. Page 47 Regaining his stride, but with precious seconds lost, John decided to kick into his final sprint, with 300 yards to go. Astonished, the fans rose cheering. Bess and Calhoun fell behind.

For him the "ignored nodule" would remain the most tragic aspect of the John Baker story. The athlete and the doctor talked for a while longer. Though up-tight, John appeared in control. " Johnson asked. " John shook his head. "No questions. " "About the noduleits being discovered so long ago and all. That would hurt my parents too much. " "I understand. " Johnson rose and stepped around his desk. " As John would learn, it was no idle offer. Johnson's urgency had not escaped John. A half-hour later he was ransacking the book stacks in the University of New Mexico Medical School Library.

Hey, I'm sorry, but I've got to run. " He started toward the door. " "I'll get a bite downtown, Mom. " Jack and Polly looked at each other resignedly. John's promise to get a check-up when school let out in two weeks was more than he'd agreed to before. With little alternative, they accepted it as half-a-loaf. Three blocks from home John pulled his Triumph into a service station. He had no plans to play basketball that evening with John Haaland. But he urgently needed to talk to his best friend.

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