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Only a few of the poems by Dr. Keller are of particular medical interest; for the most part they deal with the topics that have concerned poets since the beginning of time. The one entitled "Nurse" will have a special appeal for the medical reader:
Along some quiet corridor she goes, With quickened step, to pause beside a bed To take the pulse and touch the fevered head Of some one in distress; soothe the woes Of woman in travail; her instinct flows In sympathetic words; another led From fear to confidence; a baby fed Or given tender care as mother knows. Among the many forms of humankind A barrier 'tween life and death she stands, Now sad, now happy as the time demands; Be this a token of her helpful kind— She lives to serve the sick, a deed divine, Far, far beyond this earth her glories shine.
Four Leaf Clovers. JAMA. 1934;103(14):1094. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750400062035