Robert S. Foote, MD
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"I ought to spank your butt!" she said, the nurse
Who knew him, and shook her finger in his face—
Lashes of disgrace—
As if the boy could bear another curse,
As if in this, his last and lonely act,
He'd once again gone wrong, messed up, and shown
What they had always known
Was true. Beneath the house a desperate pact
Had been betrayed by his unwilling cry,
When hours had passed, and he was still awake;
Pain more than he could take,
And fright, and thirst, and sorrow gave the lie
To courage, and spoiled his only chance
Foote RS. Wednesday's Child. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:414. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-5-414
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(5):414.
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