Final Diagnosis

Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice.  ~Martin H. Fischer

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The thrill of a rare

Diagnosis you made

You are suddenly aware

Of praise and accolades

You grin from ear to ear

You brim with a confidence new

Reading diligently year after year

Has finally been fruitful for you

Satisfied your inner clinician

Satiated intellectual curiosity

You stumped the average physician

You displayed your capacity.

***

Basking in the glory

Of a success that is yours

You suddenly feel sorry

When you realize the course

Of a patient’s condition

Has been altered forever

Now you proceed with caution

The monstrous news to deliver

Your diagnostic acumen

Suddenly loses importance

There is no curative regimen

You’ve given the death sentence..

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. loisajay says:

    I don’t know how you do it…

    Like

    1. iheart11 says:

      It’s one of the sad realities of life that we face often, made worse by the disconnect between intellectual satisfaction and patient-care satisfaction.

      Like

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