Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 978–978 | Cite as

Lethal Talk

  • J. Trig BrownEmail author
Healing Arts: Materia Medica

Today the consultant

Drowned the family

In words

Numbing data

Fouled the sacred space with

jargon, and too many “yes, buts”

spoiled and soiled the air with crepe.

No warning shots were fired before his arrow hit his target and

what little hope, humanity and life remaining

spilled over the fragile dam, cascaded across the floor and

stained all shoes but his.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Palliative MedicineDuke University Health SystemDurhamUSA

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