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Poetry and Medicine
July 17, 2018

Shadow Children

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
JAMA. 2018;320(3):309. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1460

These are children who don’t have cancer,
who bunk overnight with their friends
while their siblings are getting another
immersion in poison, and their mothers
are napping next to beds in the hospital,
and their fathers have had to travel.

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