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Poetry and Medicine
December 17, 2014


Author Affiliations
  • 1Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
JAMA. 2014;312(23):2576. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8630

His mind, distended like an egg-eating snake, yawns up
over epochs, from big bang to youngest synapse.
Yet he sits frozen in his chair, his machine voice touching air
round vocal cords long since destroyed. He seems almost
all spirit. But the children of his body are strong, his contact
with the world sharp as a grappling hook. The outcry

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