David L. Schiedermayer, MD
This content is PDF only. Please click on the PDF icon to access.
When AIDS patients try to talk
and are near death
the former Surgeon General said
they are like kittens.
They open their mouths to cry
but no sound comes out.
The virus spreads
even on holy days.
It replicates even during feasts.
It robs us of strength
even on most high and holy days.
But on the AIDS ward
during Christmas there is
strength and reason
enough to weep.
Schiedermayer DL. Christmas on the AIDS Ward. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:982. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-12-982
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(12):982.
Copyright © 2018 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use