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Poetry and Medicine
June 18, 2019

On a Surgeon Poet

JAMA. 2019;321(23):2371. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.2527

A wound on paper isn’t quite a wound.
It’s a distant diagnosis, lying on clean sheets,
no seeps or stains, untreatable, a page unanswered

while in the moment I confer with Mr Abdi,
who shifts his weight to parry pain
when the nib becomes a knife.

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