by dadu shin

Ode on a Stethoscope

Alastair Gee on medical-journal verse:

Part of what makes the poems published in medical journals like Chest so piquant, aside from subject matter, is context. They appear alongside scientific studies—accounts of double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials and the like—pieces of writing that are models of rationality and logic, and that require stripped-down, clinical language and do away with anecdote and allusiveness.

Illustration by Dadu Shin