Publisher Marketing: The poems in2nd Chanceare written in the voice of a doctor; the speaker often imagines he is talking to students, residents, patients, families--anyone who is ill or has witnessed illness and suffering. The poet, Daniel M. Becker, has been a physician for over thirty years, working in general medicine, geriatric clinics, and addiction clinics, supervising medical students and residents, and more. With poems such as "Goals of Care," "Before Flu Season," and "Advance Directives,"2nd Chancecovers the full spectrum of medical care--birth, death, and all the surprising moments in between. Written with warmth and empathy for the human condition, these poems attempt to understand, share, and honor what both patients and medical professionals experience. Serious matters are approached with intelligence, humility, and humor, making this collection an affecting entry into the growing field of medical poetry.