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Poetry and Medicine
August 14, 2013

Incomplete Knowledge

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook
JAMA. 2013;310(6):648. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2094

Pretending it didn’t hurt, he got up
from his recliner and held out the film
he had badgered his doctor to give him.

By the dim lamp, the x-ray exhibited
fuzzy coalescences where his left lung
should have been and spots on the right.

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