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Poetry and Medicine
February 20, 2013

Routine Procedure

Author Affiliations
 

Poetry and Medicine Section Editor: Charlene Breedlove, Associate Editor. Poems may be submitted to jamapoems@jamanetwork.org.

Author Affiliation: Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania (erica.t.bates@gmail.com).

JAMA. 2013;309(7):639. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.30393

Warm-up
Upstairs
First-year hands cut hesitantly
Into cool rubbery tissue,
While downstairs
Warm flesh parts quickly
Under hot lights.
Stenosis
White coats aggregate,
Obstruct the flow of patients
Through the narrow halls.
Contact
White sleeves stain yellow
At the cuff, marred where flesh
Touches the clean cotton.

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