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Books, Journals, New Media
September 10, 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(10):1385-1386. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1385

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 verse.

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 Drum Bookshop.