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Healing Art, The: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry Hardcover – 8 Jan 2004

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; 1 edition (8 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393057275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393057270
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,511,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a respected and much-loved doctor, Rafael Camp shares favourite poems with patients on his rounds. After all, incantation has played a role in healing for millennia, displaced only recently by modern scientific obsessions. Campo restores the link between poetry and healing, offering "pharmaceutical" samples of work by a diverse group of poets such as Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Miroslav Holub, Audre Loude, Lucia Perillo and William Carlos Williams. He leads us through the stages of illness and recuperation, from first inklings of mortality through symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment and finally recovery or - and here medicine recoils, but poetry perseveres - death and even mortality. At each stage, Campo reveals the richness of individual poems and the potent medicine they offer. Ultimately, he proposes a "biocultural" model of illness as provocative as it is humane, one that restores the art of poetry to its rightful place at the heart of a healthy society,

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One of my former students, for whom Clara seems an appropriate pseudonym, once warned me of the limitations of trying to link poetry and medicine. Read the first page
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By MANDY THOMAS on 12 Sept. 2013
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different .well written easy reading. I am in the search for healing art therapy books. they all have different approaches and ideas. good one for my collection
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