Mexico City, El Presidente Intercontinental Hotel, March 11, 2004, 6 a.m. The ringing phone startled me out of a deep sleep. With the opening of the Foro Internacional Médico, the largest meeting of Spanish-speaking physicians in the world, so close, my mind jumped to any possibility — the graphics hadn't arrived? The booth collapsed? A speaker was upset? With 6,000 physicians descending upon the city in just 48 hours, anything was possible. What could it be? I wasn't even aware of the time, ...

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