Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

The doctor as writer (William Carlos Williams)

William Carlos Williams
William Carlos Williams, 1921

“[Some people] naïvely ask him, ‘How do you do it? How can you carry on an active business like that and at the same time find time to write? You must be superhuman. You must have at the very least the energy of two men.’ But they do not grasp that one occupation complements the other, that they are two parts of a whole, that it is not two jobs at all, that one rests the man when the other fatigues him. The only person to feel sorry for is his wife. She practically becomes a recluse.”

From The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams, 1948

Winter 2013



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