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  1. Anne K Merritt
  1. Correspondence to Anne Merritt, 757 Orange St #3, New Haven, CT 06511, USA; akmerritt{at}

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She has wandered with me

since my first days as a physician—

an unassuming extension of my ears,

gently slung about a tattered collar,

patiently transmitting rubs, rhonchi, rales,

as I struggled to decipher them.

She has sealed herself against unfamiliar skins—

wrinkled, …

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