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When doctors write serious poetry, the verses seldom refer to matters that are inherently medical. Like John Keats, and more recently, William Carlos Williams, the doctor may use his medical knowledge as insight for understanding man, but medical activities are usually not the stuff of the poet's song.
In this small book of verse Dr. Beernink describes the "gut" feelings he experienced during clinical work on hospital wards as a medical student and house officer. The contents consist of 22 "case reports" and 8 compositions in the Haiku style of 17 syllables.
This dispassionate statistical summary tells nothing of the
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Ward Rounds.. Ann Intern Med. 1969;71:875. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-71-4-875_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(4):875.
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