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Like Me

ISSUE:  Spring 1999

When I was two, my doctor
had a large house
on Cortelyou Road. The exam room
smelled like a dead frog
and my temperature was taken
rectally. By age five
I was injected with Tetracycline
by Dr. Ryan. He later died

of lung cancer. Who influenced me
the most, a medical school
interviewer asked. Thirty years later
I still don’t know. Today
a sixteen-year-old girl said
she’d like to be
just like me, as I pushed
her third course
of chemotherapy.


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