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.
Macklin Smith's Transplant is a masterful collection
of poems that chronicle his battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia, including
diagnosis in 1996, successful stem cell transplantation in 1997, and subsequent
remission. It is fitting that Smith, an English professor at the University
of Michigan whose interests include poetry, chose to capture his journey in
As an undergraduate, I took an English class with Professor Smith. Six
years later, in an interesting coincidence, I was the oncology ward resident
during his initial diagnosis of leukemia. During the following years I often
wondered what happened to him. I was surprised and delighted to find Transplant while perusing the display windows at Shaman
Malani PN. Poetry. JAMA. 2003;290(10):1385–1386. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1385
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