This poem addresses the nature of qualitative research and the difficulty faced by individuals with disabilities and limited means in accessing healthcare opportunities. Quantitative data related to a medical research study are contrasted with the broader, richer social context of the life of an individual participant. The artist statement provides context and background for the poem, including the inspiration for its composition. Ideas expressed in the poem are discussed relative to the role of medical humanities and the ways information is gathered and viewed in healthcare settings.

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