Newly Published
Correspondence  |   March 2020
Bacchus Listed for a Liver Transplant: Reply
Author Notes
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenneessee. doug.hester@vumc.org
  • (Accepted for publication February 7, 2020.)
    (Accepted for publication February 7, 2020.)×
Article Information
Correspondence
Correspondence   |   March 2020
Bacchus Listed for a Liver Transplant: Reply
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 25, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003227
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 25, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003227
Grateful for the opportunity to dialogue regarding my sonnet, I must first express my complete shock at its reception.1–7  Throughout my poem’8  multiyear evolution in creative writing workshops and then through this journal’s peer-review process, nothing of this sort was mentioned by anyone.
Clearly, something was missed.
If this poem shames patients, it is wrong. If this poem perpetuates bad science, it is wrong. If this poem damages the transplant process, it is wrong. If this poem discourages patients and families from considering such a gift, it is wrong.
By wrong, I mean both a professional failure and a moral violation. Regardless of my intentions, the interpretations and accusations in the preceding letters weigh very heavily.