A charm

Yesterday’s Scenes From a Multiverse (viewable here), in which a medical scientist announces a breakthrough in cancer research:

What she offers is a bit of verbal magic — a charm against cancer. Charms, like curses, blessings, prayers, and invocations of spirits, turn on the belief that saying can make it so (if you say it in just the right way).

I wish. My mother died of lung cancer, my father of complications attendant on leukemia, my wife of metastatic breast cancer, and my husband-equivalent survived brain cancer, only to die of afflections caused by the radiation that had saved his life. And on and on. I could use a really powerful charm.

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