Anne Egbert, MD
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and I do not know
(nor ever will)
the cause of death.
A frail heart,
too soon grown tired?
Just yesterday he smiled; a smile abruptly gone . . .
His care was in my hands;
And so I bear the consequences,
the gnawing doubt
did I allow
Or was it serendipity,
mere chance occasion?
Some would call it blessing,
a quick, merciful end
for one whose time has come.
Thus I console myself:
the best death is swift and painless.
Why then do I see myself
carelessly cutting the
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Egbert A. The Cause of Death. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:532. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-6-532
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(6):532.
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