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Book and Media Reviews
September 24, 2008

House Calls With William Carlos Williams, MD

JAMA. 2008;300(12):1464-1465. doi:10.1001/jama.300.12.1464

Photography, memoir, and poetry are skillfully fused in House Calls With William Carlos Williams, MD. This charming little book does much more than honor the life of the renowned physician-writer. It evokes a compelling impression of his work a half century ago. It pays tribute to the drama and majesty of house calls. It lays bare the landscape of a city in the United States. In words and pictures, the book retraces Williams' drive between Paterson and Rutherford, New Jersey, as he made house calls in the early 1950s. The book is a collaborative project between photographer Thomas Roma and Robert Coles, a protégé of Williams. As a young man (and would-be physician), Coles tagged along with Williams during many home visits.

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