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Correspondence  |   March 2020
Bacchus Listed for a Liver Transplant: Comment
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  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. amy.robertson@vumc.org
  • (Accepted for publication February 7, 2020.)
    (Accepted for publication February 7, 2020.)×
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   March 2020
Bacchus Listed for a Liver Transplant: Comment
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 25, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003234
Anesthesiology Newly Published on March 25, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003234
Recently, Hester published a sonnet entitled “Bacchus Listed for a Liver Transplant.” 1 I believe the intent of this poem was to convey the remarkable but also complex nature of transplant medicine. I have been a liver transplant anesthesiologist for the past 13 yr. More significantly, my husband is a recent liver transplant recipient and the subject matter strikes exceedingly close to home. I understand the importance for physicians to use creative writing as a means to communicate our experiences. However, after reflecting on my interpretation of this poem, I feel obligated to refute the misconceptions it conveys regarding liver disease and organ donation.