Body Language: Poems of the Medical Training Experience

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In Body Language physicians and medical students chronicle their challenging, often harrowing experiences. The anthology is broken into six sections: Medical Student, First Year; Second Year; Clinical Years; Intern; Resident; and Attending. Other anthologies have featured poems about medicine and healthcare, but the approach of this collection-poems written by doctors-in-training proceeding step-by-step through the medical training experience-is unique in medical literature. By presenting physicians who are also ...

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Overview

In Body Language physicians and medical students chronicle their challenging, often harrowing experiences. The anthology is broken into six sections: Medical Student, First Year; Second Year; Clinical Years; Intern; Resident; and Attending. Other anthologies have featured poems about medicine and healthcare, but the approach of this collection-poems written by doctors-in-training proceeding step-by-step through the medical training experience-is unique in medical literature. By presenting physicians who are also skilled poets addressing a diverse range of medical situations, Body Language offers fascinating insights into the inner world of people who regularly face life-and-death decisions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929918867
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Series: BOA Anthology Series Series
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephanie Brown Clark received her MA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario, with an MD from McMaster University. She completed her PhD in medical history and English Literature at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1998, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester Medical Centre. Dagan Coppock received his BS in Biology from the University of Tennessee. Following his undergraduate training he lived in Nigeria as a Fulbright scholar researching the poetry of traditional healers. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine and is currently a medical resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Neeta Jain grew up in Las Vegas, NV. After completing her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and attending medical school at the University of Rochester, she returned to the west coast for residency training in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Fransisco.
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Table of Contents


Introduction   Jack Coulehan     10
Medical Student, First Year
Where I Left Off   Meghann Kaiser     15
Happenstance   Kelley Jean White     17
Smoke, Going   Bryan Maxwell     18
Still Life in Number Seven   Bryan Maxwell     20
The Shaman's Apprentice   Dagan Coppock     24
Picture This   Katherine Freeman     23
Anatomy Brain Wash   Alberto Hazan     24
Anatomy Lab   Richard M. Berlin     25
Exposed (to her cadaver)   Rishi Doshi     26
Apparition   Gregg Chesney     27
Twice a Day After Meals   Bryan Maxwell     28
Hungry   Therese Garrett     29
A Final Memo to Dr. Carlo Urbani   Gregg Chesney     31
Desktop Daydream   Rishi Doshi     32
Bruce's Prescription   Rishi Doshi     34
Light from Dark   Bryan Maxwell     36
Thursday   Troy Pittman     37
Ducks   Catharine Clark-Sayles     39
Medical Student, Second Year
Medical School Lovers   Richard M. Berlin     43
C-Section   Kelley Jean White     44
Pathologic Vistas   Stephen Vadenhoff     45
Thoughts After First Visit to the Nursery   Joel J. Mathew     46
Learning the Shapes   Richard M. Berlin     47
I Ask   Mona Arif     48
Falling Through   Michael Jacobs     49
Pandora   Kelley Jean White     50
Medical Student, Clinical Years
Brueghel at Bellevue   Anna Reisman     53
Spirit of Mania   Neeta Jain     58
Reflections on Spring Becoming   Stephanie Snow     59
Foley   Mindy Shah     60
Call Room   Sachin B. Patel     61
The Breast   Anna Reisman     64
Signs   Karen Wilson     66
First Suture   Allan Peterkin     67
My Classic Psych Patient   John Yowpa III     68
Mary Fletcher Hospital, 1958   Parker Towle     69
Fishing   Neeta Jain     70
Topsy-Turvy   Michael Doo     71
5 A.M. poem   Michael Doo     72
Patience, for M.S.   Noah Raizman     73
A Day in the Life   Beth Seltzer     74
When the Blood Fell Short of Her Toes   Neeta Jain     75
Inside Out   Richard M. Berlin     76
Teamwork   Richard M. Berlin     77
Surgery Rotation   Richard M. Berlin     78
Heal Me, Doctor   Frank Edwards     79
NG Tube   Sarah Jane Cook     81
Catching Comprehension   Meghann Kaiser     82
Unnameable Galaxies   Renee Rossi     83
The Doghouse   Meghann Kaiser     84
Tumor, for R.R.   Noah Raizman     85
Still Life   Stephanie Snow     86
Intern
Internship in Seattle   Emily R. Transne     89
Q4: The Call Cycle   Emily R. Transue     90
Intensive Care   Mindy Shah     93
First Night On Call, Coronary Care Unit   Richard M. Berlin     94
The Hotseat   Richard M. Berlin     95
Deathbeds   Kelley Jean White     96
Toxic Environment   Kelleyjean White     98
Lady Morphine    Catharine Clark-Sayles     100
On Call, 3 A.M.   Richard M. Berlin     101
76   Robert Felix     102
Resident
January Thaw   Richard M. Berlin     105
Haiku of Residency   Emily R. Transue     107
Sick   mily R. Transue     109
MAO   Mindy Shah     110
Gratitude   Sue Sun Yom     111
October 1st   Mairi Leining     112
Red Hill Is Dissolving   Catharine Clark-Sayles     113
Doing Time   Renee Rossi     114
County Trauma   Bonnie Salomon     115
Attending
Cases   Parker Towle     119
Stolen Kisses   Emilie Osborn     121
Breast Exams   Emilie Osborn     122
How Will They Take Me   David Watts     123
Skin   Maureen Rappaport     125
Loving, Meticulously   Renee Rossi     126
Holding   Catharine Clark-Sayles     127
The Recovery Room Veteran   Audrey Shafer     128
He Still Whistles   Jerald Winakur     130
Today's List of Denials   Renee Rossi     131
The Anatomy of the Hand   Kelley Jean White     132
Solstice   Kelley Jean White     134
Catching Up   Danny Duke     136
Any Calcification   David Watts     138
Bedside Rounds   John L. Wright     141
The Portugal Laurel   John L. Wright     142
Thirst   Jack Coulehan     143
Long Sentence   Parker Towle     144
Your Last Patient   Bonnie Salomon     145
Auscultation   Jerald Winakur     146
Afterword   John Stone     148
Acknowledgments     151
Contributors Notes     153
About the Editors     159
Colophon     160
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