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Books, Journals, New Media
December 3, 2003


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(21):2867. doi:10.1001/jama.290.21.2867-a

The subject of the 1997 Academy Award–winning documentary Breathing Lessons, the author of How I Became a Human Being provided a moving chronicle of his struggles to become independent and of his achievements after paralysis and lifelong respirator dependency. His successes included receipt of a doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990. Before his death in 1999, at age 49 years, he produced a body of published work as a poet and a journalist using a mouthstick to type each word.

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