Poetry and the art of medicine

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6920.63 (Published 01 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:63
  1. R Phillipp,
  2. K Coppell,
  3. H Freeman
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR Holborn Medical Centre, London WC1N 3LW London W1H 1RE.

    EDITOR, - Poetry has been likened to medicine in that “like the physician, the poet tries first to grasp, then to control, the reality of the human predicament.”1 In support of this likeness anthologies of poems by doctor-poets have been published, such as Apollo, published by the BMJ in 1990 as part of the celebrations for its 150th …

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