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Elliot O. Lipchik
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Editor’s Note: The author writes: “Since my retirement from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Professor of Radiology), I have been studying poetry. I have strong positive thoughts about my medical education and often include these thoughts in my writing.”

Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions 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 Manuscript Central.

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

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© 2012 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2012;141(5):1357. doi:10.1378/chest.11-1716
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We stared in awe after
each slice of the scalpel
parted etiolated tissues
Further incisions unveiled
strange landscapes and territories
as we cast aside the physical
in search of the gateway out of Erebus
The dissector labored on
Triumphantly holding up
each organ for display
as if they were prizes
for winning a contest
At the last incision,
we half expected to see
traces of a soul lift out
of the formaldehyde fumes
We were novitiates in a temple
constructing a prayer out of chaos
thinking to move closer to God as we
destroyed the body before us.




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