David W. Mathias, M.D.
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Doctor look beyond this frail body,
This frozen smile.
Why do you hide your fear,
Fear troubles me.
You shall one day be what I am
And face what I face
Why then can't you sit with me?
Are you not concerned with my thoughts?
Death is on the way—I know that.
My family's smiles can't conceal the truth;
They need their hope to go on,
But you and I know what lies ahead.
Sit and I will tell you,
The wonders I have found.
For I was full of hate and fear,
Yet now I have found the peace
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Mathias DW. The Patient. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:138. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-1-138_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(1):138.
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