Poetry & Medicine, part II.

“I could prescribe any of a dozen antibiotics to cure
endocarditis, 
or even a thrombolytic agent
to stave off a heart attack; 
but what I
yearned for was the elixir of poetry,

which could heal the otherwise
untreatable 
condition of
my broken heart.”

This quote, by poet and physician Rafael Campo*,
beautifully captures the essence of the union
between the arts…and the art of medicine.

Therefore, today I will let him speak for me. 
This is from his poem What the Body Told:

“To somewhere distant in my heart, they cry.
I look inside their other-person’s mouths
And see the wet interior of souls.
It’s warm and red in there–like love, with teeth.
I’ve studied medicine until I cried.”

*Rafael Campo is an internal medicine physician and poet currently on faculty at Harvard.

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A few bloggers I would like to ask to share a quote or two:

Rules of the Quote Challenge:

1-Post on three consecutive days.
2-You can pick one or three quotes per day.
3-Challenge three different bloggers per day.

 
With love,
PuppyDoc

22 Comments on “Poetry & Medicine, part II.

  1. Beautiful quote, Phoebe. I’ve heard of Campo. Now I must read some of his poetry! 🙂 Have a great weekend (hope you’re not experiencing the darn storm hitting the east coast). 🙂

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