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Palliadysphagia FREE TO VIEW

Paul Rousseau, MD
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Correspondence to: Paul Rousseau, MD, VA Medical Center, 650 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012; e-mail: palliativedoctor@aol.com


Editor's Note: Have we not all experienced this piercingly honest and vexing moment so beautifully captured in poetry? The poet is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina where he practices palliative care.

—Michael Zack, MD, FCCP, Section Editor

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2008;134(6):1348. doi:10.1378/chest.08-1304
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I am gowned and gloved like a
Butterfly in a cocoon as
Razored daggers of Staphylococcus
Lay siege to your lungs
When you tell me in wrinkled words
No more tube feedings—
I nod approvingly and utter
“I'll keep you comfortable”
And wonder what that means.


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