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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7184.676a (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:676
  1. Sandra Goldbeck-Wood
  1. BMJ

    Eds Angela Belli, Jack Coulehan

    University of Iowa Press, £16.95, pp 224

    ISBN 0877456380


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    Why do some doctors write poems? In Poems Before and After Miroslav Holub wrote that a poem arises when there's nothing else to be done, as a last attempt at order when one can't stand disorder any longer: “Although poets are most needed when freedom, vitamin C, communications, laws and hypertension therapy are also most needed, a poem is not one of the last but one of the first things of man.” As a …

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