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Poetry and Medicine
October 11, 2016

Pindar’s Bestowal of Victory on a Dialysis Patient

Author Affiliations
  • 1East Derry, New Hampshire
JAMA. 2016;316(14):1500. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.8112

Lines of Pindar, swift as god’s sandals
reward me with intense re-reading.
Aristocrat, poet of the ode and dithyramb,
composer of choral music, solemn yet joyful,
he sends his verse racing fast as wind-splitting
Phrenikos, Bringer of Victory, racehorse
possessed by Tyrant Hieron of Syracuse.

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