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  • The Birth of Patient-Oriented Research as a Science (1911)
  • Edward H. Ahrens Jr.
Edward H. Ahrens Jr.
The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York, New York 10021


1. Rufus Cole to Simon Flexner 14 October [1911], folder 8, box 1, RG 417, Rockefeller University Archives, Rockefeller Archive Center, North Tarrytown, New York.

Postmortem of a Five-Year-Old

Still perfectly intactThe girl's tiny corpse,Outstretched on the huge stone slab(Intended for grown-ups),Lies as clammy marbleIn the chill light of the morning

Distractedly having read the accountOf sickness and dying,The fingers of my left handFeel for the manubrium sterniTo make the first incision.All the way downTo just over the symphysis pubis.

But first, hesitatingly,My right hand caresses the golden hair.As it were, in my clumsy way,To ask forgiveness.

Arnold van den Hooff


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