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Richard Gillum, MD
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Editor’s Note: The author writes, “After 45 years in internal medicine, cardiology and epidemiology, I currently mentor trainees and junior faculty in research. Today the evidence-based advice of august medical panels is often disregarded by internet-savvy Americans. This irony led to my poem, ‘Medicine Yesterday Today.’”

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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Chest. 2015;148(6):1528. doi:10.1378/chest.15-1453
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my one o'clock doesn't show
suddenly an hour is added
or subtracted from my day
if only I had been prepared to
live in it unpack and stay
a while put my feet up or
buckle down to something
before a knock on my door
your two o'clock is here


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