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Northwoods Elegy

David P. Steensma, MD
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From University of Oxford, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DS, United Kingdom.

Requests for Single Reprints: David P. Steensma, MD, MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DS, United Kingdom; e-mail, steensma.david@mayo.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(7):573-574. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-141-7-200410050-00018
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The paddles we grip are aspen and white pine. Our canoe's thwarts are cedar; the heavy yoke of the canoe is varnished maple, carved from the same tall trees that rim this remote northern lake. As our boat glides through thick morning mist, I kneel in the stern and gently steer us away from the ripples that warn of unforgiving boulders just beneath the water's dark surface. Up in the bow, an old friend is scanning the shoreline, hoping to catch sight of a moose.





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