- 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: 1,779,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Healing Art, The: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry Hardcover – 8 Jan 2004
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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,