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Poetry and Medicine
July 16, 2014


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  • 1Ballard Pediatric Clinic, Seattle, Washington

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JAMA. 2014;312(3):299. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3177

As I prepare the turkey and watch
the Macy’s parade, I think about the biopsy
done yesterday. It’s a short week;
the path lab, understaffed, prioritizes—
only frozen sections and emergencies. My bit
of tissue, fixed in a vial of formalin, awaits
embedding and sectioning next week.

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