- The Birth of Patient-Oriented Research as a Science (1911)
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