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Books, Journals, New Media
October 13, 2004


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. 2004;292(14):1754-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1756-b

I first met John Stone and his poetry in 1988 at Hiram College when he was a faculty member and I was a participant in a yearlong, intermittent Literature and Medicine fellowship. In my mid 40s at the time, I had recently begun writing poetry, a passion that had suddenly welled up and shaken my life. John immediately impressed me as the ideal medical poet—a big, generous, handsome man with a magnificent voice, who wrote beautifully crafted verse. At the same time, he was a genuine card-carrying cardiologist, which—to my generalist way of looking at things—made his poetic accomplishment even weightier.

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