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Old Lady Patient

Davis, Cortney

Special Theme: Faculty Development: MEDICINE AND THE ARTS

“Old Lady Patient” is reprinted by permission of the publisher from Details of Flesh by Cortney Davis © 1997 (CALYX Books).

Lisa Dittrich, managing editor of Academic Medicine, is the editor of “Medicine and the Arts.” (Unsolicited submissions are welcome.)

I hate

doctors they

do things to me

and nurses have

washrags of sand

they put their hands

down there, my face

is red just

saying it.


Bring me water!

Hah, my throat.

You look like

my daughter nice

give me

your hand cool like

water, your name?

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