(Flickr photo (cropped) by Francis Bourgouin).
Modern medicine has both science and technology on its side, with its sophisticated diagnostic imaging, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled drug studies and complicated surgical procedures. These contribute to better patient outcomes, but sometimes a patient might feel overwhelmed. Our guests have found that human contact through poetry can contribute powerfully to healing.
Guests: David Watts, MD, practices gastroenterology and is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He produced the documentary “Healing Words: Poetry and Medicine” for public television and has written a number of books, including Taking the History, Bedside Manners and The Orange Wire Problem. Online links include: www.poetry-and-jazz.com (Books and Music); www.healingwordsproductions.com (The PBS Documentary); www.dominican.edu (The Healing Art of Writing Workshops); and www.wolfridgepress.com (Small Press Publishing). The photo is of Dr. Watts.
John Fox is a poet and certified poetry therapist. He is the founder of the Institute for Poetic Medicine and author of: Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making, The Spirit of Writing, and The Soul of Creativity, among other works. His Web site is poeticmedicine.org
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