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Poetry and Medicine
November 15, 2016

Reprieve

Author Affiliations
  • 1Newcastle, Washington
JAMA. 2016;316(19):2049. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10040

for Dr Myer Bloom

Though he’d lost a quarter of his lung
    to a Montreal childhood,
after five days of intravenous antibiotics,
frail, unable to recognize
    his own son and daughter—
still confined to his wheelchair,
he recovered and was sent back to the place
    called home.

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