Saturday, October 9, 2010

Internal Medicine Poem

I am frequently asked:  What is Internal Medicine?  The answer: "I am the doctor for adults" or I am the primary care physician", just doesn't seem to cover it.  I think this poem from the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) does:

Today I Saw

diabetes in a brown pantsuit
recently widowed, bringing her daughter
for the first time.

Bladder cancer still working
full time after surgery
with two sons to get through college.

A stroke crying and embarrassed
to be unmanly since his release
from the hospital.

A health care checkup squeezed in
before her insurance runs out.
Downsized out of a job.

High blood pressure out of control
from the stress of a daughter
raped at age sixteen.

Recurrent breast cancer smiling.
Thin but happy to be leaving on her first cruise.
To her I say bon voyage.

Barbara Fleming-Phillips, MD
Lexington, Kentucky

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW, that says it all with so many heartfelt empathetic emotions, wonderful! Kellie

tracy said...

Just wonderful. It certianly does say it all and so beautifully!

sim so dep said...

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Mark Dave Foster said...

Hello Toni! You have a great and nice poem. It's very well said. Many people have multiple personalities, without imagining that this is a sign that there are abnormalities in their psychical functionalism, and that this is a sign that they may be dominated by the absurdity they inherit in the primitive part of their brain. Thanks. I'm excited to read your next post.