Blind women trained to find breast cancer lumps by feel are better than doctors at the task

Dressed in a pink uniform, Hasiba Rani starts her first consultation of the day at CK Birla Hospital for Women in Gurgaon outside the Indian capital, New Delhi. After noting the patient’s medical history, she spends 30 minutes on a physical examination. Rani is “looking” for lumps or nodules in the patient’s breasts, only she cannot see. She is blind, and relies on her sense of touch.Starting with the lymph nodes in the neck, she moves down to the collar bone, underarms, and every single…

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