L. L. Emanuel, MD, PhD
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I took my daughter to see the leaves—
New England leaves in fall.
She collected them, she counted them,
She relished them.
As we were riding home she said:
Why are dying leaves so
Beautiful? And she pronounced it well.
Perhaps, I said
Perhaps because dying unfolds the beauty
That's always there?
She fingered them, and said:
Are dying people so ... ?
I thought of a lady. Then several persons more.
Sometimes. I said. Sometimes they are.
Why, Yes. I said, and shared a smile with her.
Emanuel LL. How do things die? And Why?. Ann Intern Med. 1989;110:173. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-2-173_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(2):173.
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