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Poetry and Medicine
January 20, 2015

The Ponderous Chains of the Past

Author Affiliations
  • 1McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston
JAMA. 2015;313(3):310. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11332

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

“Let’s not talk about the past,” you told
your psychiatrist. And so you don’t,
as if to contradict that line by Faulkner,
prove him wrong, show that all, no matter

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