Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities


Edgar Miller
Baltimore, Maryland, USA


The author’s grandparents,
both physicians,
on rounds at Shanta
Bhawan Mission Hospital in Nepal
around 1960.


In the round

The pale orange

Cloud-like couches

Filled with suits and ties

And men

Who sit in reserve

Awaiting an opening to offer an opinion

To rehash the old,

Assure the current,

Or, dialog the future,

Uncertain course to take,

for a progressive and unrelenting disease

that in the end,

will succeed.




EDGAR R. MILLER III, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute of Clinical and Translations Research, and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Scholars (KL2) program. He is a core faculty member in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Lastly, he is a practicing Internist at Johns Hopkins University Health Service.


Spring 2018  |  Sections  |  Poetry

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