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Poetry and Medicine
February 9, 2016

Take Off Your Clothes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, State University of New York, Stonybrook
JAMA. 2016;315(6):615. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.11609

I was taught to include specific
detail, like down to your underpants
and socks, or all but your panties
and bra, whichever might apply.

To season my request with modest
withdrawal, I’ll step out of the room
for a moment now. And follow this
with the obvious, Then I’ll come back.

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