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Poetry and Medicine
January 27, 2015

Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Author Affiliations
  • 1Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Copyright 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2015;313(4):425. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8628

The crowd sees the ball curve down and almost
away from the blur of bat. At the point of contact,
the pitcher, following through, sees a home run arc up
over the stands: Again, Lou writes his signature on air
with sound and blur and the stadium’s outcry.
For 2000 games, he’s the Iron Man—till a synapse