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Poetry and Medicine
August 11, 2015

Coming Clean for Your Birthday

Author Affiliations
  • 1Sacred Vocation Program at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston
JAMA. 2015;314(6):629. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5283

After Advice From the Surgeon General

Her voice, like the trim, measured lines
of her epauleted uniform, precisely delivers
a protocol for infection control. A good rule
of thumb, she intones, is to wash hands
for a complete round of Happy Birthday.

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