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Poetry and Medicine
September 8, 2010


Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2010;304(10):1048. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1138

LM is a 79-year-old widowed white man
with a history of coronary artery disease and heart failure
and 45 years of two packs per day smoking
who complains of shortness of breath with wheezing
worsening over the past 9 days. . .
The patient is a 42-year-old G2P2
with a strong family history of breast cancer
has had intermittent vaginal spotting
and a 12-pound weight loss
over the past 6 weeks. . .
A blue 1999 Nissan Altima
has been pulling to the left
since the driver skidded into a curb
on an icy corner
one week ago. . .
12 y/o girl
with a 9-yr h/o refractory complex partial seizures
who's failed multiple med regimens
now admitted for Wada testing
after non-lateralizing cranial MRI
3 d ago. . .
2002 Ford F150
admitted for eval
of electrical system
due to difficulty turning over in AM
and incr freq of stalling
for 10 days. . .
’03 RX7
+ high miles
s/p recent clutch transplant
c/o leaking oil
×2 weeks
68 y/o AAM
c h/o HTN, MI s/p CABG×3 c MVR, IDDM, COPD, and IBD
×12hrs. . .
’88 beater
s/p MVC
on life support. . .
88 y/o WF
s/p MVC
headed for the junkyard. . .

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