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July 7, 1945

Poet Physicians: An Anthology of Medical Poetry Written by Physicians

JAMA. 1945;128(10):772. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860270074042

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Abstract

Here are collected a variety of poems of interest to physicians and all of them by physicians. There are brief biographies of each of the poets concerned. The poems have been chosen largely for their medical flavor, although many physicians have written poetry quite outside the field of medicine. Such distinguished names as those of Sir Henry Head, Havelock Ellis, Sherrington, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Keats and Percival, the British laureate Robert Bridges and the immortal John McCrae set the tone of the entire volume. The book is supplemented by a cumulative index of poet physicians, some of whom might better be characterized simply as rhymsters. The book is a valuable addition to literary medicine.

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