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Poetry and Medicine
July 17, 2013

Fever of Unknown Origin

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook
JAMA. 2013;310(3):325. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1142

Nothing to put my finger on, nowhere
to hang my hat, the illness is evident,
its source in doubt. Its possible causes,
a Scheherazade of stories—

One, on coming back from another
continent, I carried a secret wound.
Two, my incorrigible thymus
sizzles in the grease of its own mistake.