Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: poetry for doctors

  • Reading poems, saving lives

    Dean GianakosVirginia, United States Men and women who tout the value of poetry like to refer to a stanza in William Carlos Williams’ famous love poem, “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”, written in 1947: It is difficultTo get the news from poemsYet men die miserably every dayFor lackOf what is found there.1 If what the physician-poet…