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Poetry and Medicine
February 21, 2017

Tale of Two Livers

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York
JAMA. 2017;317(7):773. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16403

Two sets of lemon-tinted eyes staring
Back at me from adjacent hospital beds
Numbers interchangeable, characters distinct.

One, an alcoholic, drank and disregarded until
His skin resembled the lagers he loved
And his organs floated in fluid.