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Poetry and Medicine
March 15, 2016


Author Affiliations
  • 1Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2016;315(11):1171. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17373

The surgeon knows you.  From the same small town
the other side of Skullbone, Tennessee,
where nobody goes but to say they’ve been.
He followed you through school.  Says you were known
as the bare-knuckle champ—not hard to believe—
a hero, for the lack of them, with a tough chin

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