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Texas' Other Death Penalty

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Texas Governor Rick Perry responds to questions during a press conference on the sidelines of the Republican Party's State Party Convention in Anaheim, California, on October 4, 2013. More than 1,000 party activists and leaders are expected to attend the three-day convention. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) | FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images
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The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I was a first-year medical student then, and the disease in his body baffled me. His belly was swollen, his eyes were yellow and his blood tests were all awry. It hurt when he swallowed and his urine stank.

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