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Book Review: 'Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness'

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In 1992, Ben Watt developed a devastating autoimmune disease known as Churg-Strauss syndrome. Two months and four operations later, he’d beaten 3:1 odds against his survival and resumed his day job as half of Britain’s pop duo Everything But the Girl. Though the details of his illness are terrifying (Watt had 85 percent of his small intestine removed, dropping 46 pounds), Watt’s spare, delicate prose (”I’m hunching. I feel like spun glass. Thin, transparent, breakable”) and natural humility (the closest he comes to asking ”Why me?” is ”Why anyone?”) are sweet enough to make this bitter pill of a book go down like candy. A

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