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Poetry and Medicine
July 3, 2018

The Hypnotist

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
JAMA. 2018;320(1):97. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1457

Some he paralyzed, others he had balancing on

   chairs by their neck and heels

        Anton Chekhov, A Hypnotic Séance

Fix your eyes on this shiny gem.
Follow it with your gaze
as it swings like a pendulum.

Avoid attention to your maze
of contradictions. Think of a saw’s
back and forth, ripping your haze