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“Type C”
  1. Christopher Lee Bennett
  1. Corresponding to
    Christopher Bennett, School of Medicine, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC, 27514, USA; christopher_bennett{at}

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What good comes from talk,

of genetics and

of glycolipids.

In a room absent for

mom or dad.

When words fall on deaf ears

and eyes fixed forward.

A young mind long gone,

unregistering and unable

to comprehend or acknowledge.

Background noises of

hissing oxygen and monitor alarms.

Muffled coughs underscoring

our inability to offer more

than a gentle touch.

Antibiotics delaying an

inevitable end.

Supportive care and

pills for this dimly

lit empty room.


  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.