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Poetry and Medicine
April 3, 2018


Author Affiliations
  • 1Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2018;319(13):1387. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15677

First, we learned a heartbeat
by taking it apart and naming it.
We studied valves as if they were pipes:
what makes them rust, or clog.
And then we marveled—how intricate
the machinery, how precise the clockwork,
as if we had built it ourselves.

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