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Medicine Is Not a Subway Ride

Medicine Is Not a Subway Ride POETRY AND ONCOLOGY Shan Ali It’s just not. There are no tracks fromAtoB or cogs and gears. There is no binary Black and white. Zero and one. A left or right. It’s squiggly and irregular like a. fib on an ECG. There is no textbook that can cover medicine, just like there is no poem that can capture a lotus. But for the most delicate questions like when my patient asks, “How longdoIhavetolive?” I respond, “The 1-year survival rate is 5%.” Author Affiliation: Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland. Corresponding Author: Shan Ali, Medical University of Gdańsk, Dębinki 7, 80-952 Gdańsk, Poland (shanali@gumed.edu.pl). Published Online: February 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.6745 Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported. jamaoncology.com (Reprinted) JAMA Oncology April 2020 Volume 6, Number 4 591 © 2020 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Oncology American Medical Association

Medicine Is Not a Subway Ride

JAMA Oncology , Volume 6 (4) – Apr 27, 2020

Medicine Is Not a Subway Ride

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POETRY AND ONCOLOGY Shan Ali It’s just not. There are no tracks fromAtoB or cogs and gears. There is no binary Black and white. Zero and one. A left or right. It’s squiggly and irregular like a. fib on an ECG. There is no textbook that can cover medicine, just like there is no poem that can capture a lotus. But for the most delicate questions like when my patient asks, “How longdoIhavetolive?” I respond, “The 1-year survival rate is 5%.” Author Affiliation:...
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American Medical Association
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2374-2437
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10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.6745
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Abstract

POETRY AND ONCOLOGY Shan Ali It’s just not. There are no tracks fromAtoB or cogs and gears. There is no binary Black and white. Zero and one. A left or right. It’s squiggly and irregular like a. fib on an ECG. There is no textbook that can cover medicine, just like there is no poem that can capture a lotus. But for the most delicate questions like when my patient asks, “How longdoIhavetolive?” I respond, “The 1-year survival rate is 5%.” Author Affiliation: Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland. Corresponding Author: Shan Ali, Medical University of Gdańsk, Dębinki 7, 80-952 Gdańsk, Poland (shanali@gumed.edu.pl). Published Online: February 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.6745 Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported. jamaoncology.com (Reprinted) JAMA Oncology April 2020 Volume 6, Number 4 591 © 2020 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.

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JAMA OncologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 27, 2020

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