Tag Archives: Medicine

Lucille Clifton’s Cancer Poems

In her 1980s cancer poems, Lucille Clifton captures a range of feelings, ranging from confusion to anger to acceptance.

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Green Knight’s Lessons for Doctors

An essay I received on “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” from a pre-med student has me thinking of the poem’s useful lessons for doctors. There are several.

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My Cataract Surgery Recalls Oedipus, Lear

Recent cataract surgery had me recalling all those literary passages where sharp objects get poked into people’s eyes. The real drama, however, was renegotiating my professional identity.

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Medicine Incomplete without Poetry

Medical journals are increasingly including poetry within their pages.

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Into the Depths with Smollett (Don’t Ask)

My upcoming colonoscopy has me thinking about Tobias Smollett’s “Humphry Clinker.”

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Medical Schools Should Require Poetry

Poetry should be required in medical schools for its ability to teach empathy.

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Midwife, No Doc, at Grandson’s Birth

My new grandson had the birth experience denied Tristram Shandy: one where a midwife was in charge.

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A Nurse with a Literary Background

When you are dying, would you want a former English major caring for you? You would want Sarah Tennant Simmons, a former student of mine who is now a hospice care nurse.  Sarah dropped by for lunch this past Monday and told me about the work she is currently doing.  While we may think of […]

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