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Volume 2, Issue 4
Winter 2006:

The Doctors

Mary Lindberg

Cell 2 Soul. 2006 Winter; 2(4):a21

Notes from the Cell 2 Soul Conference, November 2006

The grating chalk of medical school
and waterboarding as a resident
lead to a plateau of relief
as attending physician.

Later patients file in like ducklings landing ashore.
Doctors strive for empathy:
"Look in the mirror of your life,
and you will see a patient."

Waves of mindfulness riffle the air like
autumn leaf showers; each patient
a short story stretching out
to a life observed from a life observing.

Medicine walks with art as doctors
enhance their powers of observation,
but they also know what can't be seen
counts the most in measuring a life.

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