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Daniel, Westreich

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000121555.31709.9d
Poetry and Epidemiology

Tradition fails: which muse shall I invoke?

Is poetry at odds with this, our field?

Must we empiricists our songs revoke?

But hear: need faith in intuition yield?

For mechanism is a deadly curse

Anathema to deeper rumination

But inspiration underlined with verse

Brings intuition in coordination.

While blind statistics verge upon uncouth,

A synergy of brains both right and left,

Ensures that we steer closer to the truth

With insights new, our thesis bright and deft:

A partnership of qual’ and quant’ illuminates the dark;

We bless the union, two are one: at last, a muse to hark.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.