PAMELA NAGAMI, M.D.
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Out of great depths of reserve
Comes the voice of Shih Yuan
To tell me his story.
Every human being has a history;
Tragedy touches all lives
And Shih Yuan's is no exception.
Only in his case
The past is harder to retrieve
Since so few traces of it remain.
The family house in Shanghai
Where three generations had lived
Is now chopped into flats,
Inhabited by the new Chinese
One of whom, thinking the old thoughts,
Is your aged stepmother.
What started as immigration
Is now exile—voluntary
Nowadays, we doctors are casual
We welcome the
NAGAMI P. The Voice of Shih Yuan. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:622. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-4-622_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(4):622.
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