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The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry
     

The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry

by Rafael Campo
 
A celebrated poet and doctor connects—through favorite verses and stories from his life and practice—poetry and healing.As a respected and much-loved doctor, Rafael Campo shares favorite poems with patients on his rounds. After all, incantation has played a role in healing for millennia, displaced only recently by modern scientific obsessions. In this

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A celebrated poet and doctor connects—through favorite verses and stories from his life and practice—poetry and healing.As a respected and much-loved doctor, Rafael Campo shares favorite poems with patients on his rounds. After all, incantation has played a role in healing for millennia, displaced only recently by modern scientific obsessions. In this luminous book, Campo restores the link between poetry and healing, offering "pharmaceutical" samples of work by a diverse group of poets such as Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Miroslav Holub, Audre Lorde, Lucia Perillo, and William Carlos Williams. He leads us through the stages of illness and recuperation, from first inklings of mortality through symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, and finally recovery or—and here medicine recoils but poetry perseveres—death, and even immortality. At each stage, Campo reveals the richness of individual poems and the potent medicine they offer. Ultimately, he proposes a "biocultural" model of illness as provocative as it is humane—one that restores the art of poetry to its rightful place at the heart of a healthy society. 10 b/w illustrations.

Author Biography: Rafael Campo practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. He has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Pushcart Prize, a National Poetry Series award, and two Lambda Literary Awards.

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Campo knows his poetry-he's won a Pushcart Prize, a National Poetry Series award, and two Lambda Literary Awards and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award-and as a physician associated with Harvard Medical School he also knows his medicine. Here he discusses the connection between poetry and healing, which he invokes every time he recites poetry to patients while doing rounds. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393057270
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/19/2003
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.81(d)

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