Abraham Verghese, MD
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Charlie, I feel I have failed you. I have been trying to write about AIDS. I have been trying to write about you. I want my writing to convey it all: your heroism, your suffering, how it is in these clinics—as if writing would buy time, as if a well-chosen word can stun a virus, a dazzling metaphor prevent its uncoating, the right simile abort its replication. It is an unreasonable goal, but I have unreasonable faith in literature and medicine. Still, words have failed me—see how already I have used "heroism" and "suffering" in just this first paragraph?
Verghese A. Writing Well. Ann Intern Med. ;113:811. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-10-811
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(10):811.
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