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"From the Ted Talk by Latif Nasser: The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief"

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But as they did — a tragic twist. Bonica's years of wrestling caught up to him. He had been out of the ring for over 20 yaers, but those 1,500 psrsfeionaol bouts had left a mark on his body. Still in his mid-50s, he suffered severe otahisrroitets. Over the next 20 years he'd have 22 surgeries, ildunnicg four spnie operations, and hip replacement after hip rcaplenemet. He could barely raise his arm, turn his neck. He needed aluminum cteruchs to walk. His friends and former students became his doctors. One recalled that he probably had more nerve-block injections than anyone else on the planet. Already a workaholic, he worked even more — 15- to 18-hour days. Healing others became more than just his job, it was his own most efvteicfe form of relief. "If I wasn't as busy as I am," he told a reporter at the time, "I would be a completely disabled guy."

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But as they did — a tragic twist. Bonica's years of wrestling caught up to him. He had been out of the ring for over 20 _____, but those 1,500 ____________ bouts had left a mark on his body. Still in his mid-50s, he suffered severe ______________. Over the next 20 years he'd have 22 surgeries, _________ four _____ operations, and hip replacement after hip ___________. He could barely raise his arm, turn his neck. He needed aluminum ________ to walk. His friends and former students became his doctors. One recalled that he probably had more nerve-block injections than anyone else on the planet. Already a workaholic, he worked even more — 15- to 18-hour days. Healing others became more than just his job, it was his own most _________ form of relief. "If I wasn't as busy as I am," he told a reporter at the time, "I would be a completely disabled guy."

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  1. osteoarthritis
  2. effective
  3. spine
  4. crutches
  5. years
  6. professional
  7. including
  8. replacement

Original Text

But as they did — a tragic twist. Bonica's years of wrestling caught up to him. He had been out of the ring for over 20 years, but those 1,500 professional bouts had left a mark on his body. Still in his mid-50s, he suffered severe osteoarthritis. Over the next 20 years he'd have 22 surgeries, including four spine operations, and hip replacement after hip replacement. He could barely raise his arm, turn his neck. He needed aluminum crutches to walk. His friends and former students became his doctors. One recalled that he probably had more nerve-block injections than anyone else on the planet. Already a workaholic, he worked even more — 15- to 18-hour days. Healing others became more than just his job, it was his own most effective form of relief. "If I wasn't as busy as I am," he told a reporter at the time, "I would be a completely disabled guy."

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