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The Pain Doesn't Bother Him FREE TO VIEW

Mel Schorin
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Correspondence to: Mel Schorin; e-mail: melschorin@comcast.net


Editor's Note: The author is an emergency physician. He writes: “I have seen many people with chest pains. In this case, I saw an outpatient workup from the other side.”

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

Editor's note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should relate to concerns of physicians, patients, or medicine. First submission to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to poetrychest@aol.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST ScholarOne Manuscripts.

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© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;136(5):1441. doi:10.1378/chest.09-0351
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Late for work, I jogged two blocks and felt an ache–
a nag, not bad, but strange–I was young and healthy.
I stopped and so did the pain, quick as it came,
at the center of my chest, where I'd been careless.
I had no disease, as long as no one said so;
but Cathy's dad had died at forty-five,
and I knew another who dropped in his yard at fifty.
Not ready for that, I went to see my doctor.
He talked, took blood, and ran me on a treadmill
and at the end said, This is not your heart.
Go exercise, just use your common sense.
So I eat less fat, lift weights and bike a bit,
and the pain, the pain that doesn't bother him,
tugs like a leash whenever I try to run.


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