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Poetry and Oncology
February 2017

Addressing Spiritual Distress

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Center for Bioethics, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Oncol. 2017;3(2):193. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.3699

Soon, cancer symptoms began to show:
questions, an unease, a brooding face.

“If He is kind, then I need to know
why I’m here suffering in this place.”

I jotted down scribbles in my chart:
“Patient presenting with fear of death.”

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