A Piece of My Mind > The Sound of Silence

A Piece of My Mind
The Sound of Silence—When There Are No Words
Melissa Red Hoffman, MD, ND
JAMA. 2019;322(2):117-118.
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2737686

In this narrative medicine essay, a surgeon and palliative care physician describes the isolating silence that she felt … and how that lingering silence has come to guide her when sitting with patients, when there are no words.

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz writes in her poem “Kaddish,” a tribute to her dead father:
“if I were to mourn properly
I would not be done.”

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