“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:
But why am I flipped upside down all goofily, you might ask? Well, a couple of reasons:
1. I found out today that some wonderful people have nominated this blog for some lovely things, and that makes me happy! 2. I found out that my human trusts me enough to give me, such an ordinary kitty,the honor of writing the acceptance post for them, and that makes me even happier! 3. I caught a 6-legged critter yesterday…and I played with it for a while (but please don’t tell my human I already broke my New Year’s promise…).
So without further delay, let me thank these nice humans first:
• The Versatile Blogger Award: Thank you, CrumpledPaperCranes! We love how you cover everything from poetry to crafting. You are certainly deserving of the Versatile Blogger title, and we thank you for thinking of us!
• Premio Dardos Award: Thank you, Ruth Brodrick! We love how you are a medical student who takes time to write and blog; that makes you super cool in our book. Thank you for contributing to the world of medicine as well as the blogosphere!
• The Very Inspiring Blogger Award:Thank you, Erica at Suburban Hobo! My human and I just adore your blog. Thank you for thinking of us!
And to help you get to know us better…
• 7 Random Fun Facts About PuppyDoc and SamanCat •
— I love Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. PuppyDoc likes them, but I go just nutty over them. I could stick my head in a bag and just fall asleep I get so happy!
— I came from the Humane Society. That’s where I met my human for the first time! On the other hand, PuppyDoc is not from the Humane Society.
— If I ride in a car, I must sit on my human’s lap, because I am really scared of Pet Taxis. We have accomplished several 12-hour road trips in this configuration.
— My human says I’m the gentlest kitty she has ever known, because I never hiss, bite, or scratch. My human often calls me a ‘gentle giant.’
— I secretly wish I were a doggie…sometimes I even think I am one!
— I had one litter of kittens before my human found me and gave me a new life. PuppyDoc has not had any litters.
— I love my human more than anything in the world! Even more than freshly opened canned tuna!
I hope I did an okay job on this post. Thank you so much for reading! Again, I am humbled.
With love, Samantha & PuppyDoc
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