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Andrew McLean, MD, MPH
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Editor’s Note:Andy McLean is a public psychiatrist administrator and Chair of Psychiatry for a midwest US medical school. He is published in behavioral health as well as poetry. He has a particular interest in provider-patient communication and medical education.


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(6):1572. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.12.004
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    Please return my dignity.
    It’s quite the proper thing to do.
    It was only a temporary loan-
    When I disrobed.
    When I trusted you with my secrets.
    So, before you say ‘goodbye’
    (If you remember to do so),
    Before you pass your responsibilities
    On to the nurse, the receptionist…
    Please make good your oath.
    Leave me at least as well as you found me;
    As proud as I felt or feigned
    Before you pulled back the curtain.
    Cobble me together.
    Palliate me, cloak me,
    Wrap me up again.


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