The Poet Physician

In this challenging reappraisal, Goellnicht argues that Keats’ writings reveal a distinct influence of science and medicine.

The Poet Physician

For six years of his brief like, Keats studied medicine, first as an apprentice in Edmonton and then as a medical student at Guy’s Hospital in London. His biographers have generally glossed over this period of his life, and critics have ignored it and denied the influence of medical training on his poetry and thought. In this challenging reappraisal, Goellnicht argues that Keats’ writings reveal a distinct influence of science and medicine. Goellnicht researches Keats’ course work and texts to reconstruct the milieu of the early nineteenth-century medical student. He then explores the scientific resonances in Keats’’ individual works, and convincingly shows the influence of his early medical training.

Primary Care

It is in this context that medical poetry has blossomed. Primary Care, the second anthology of physician poems edited by Angela Belli and Jack Coulehan, proves that the poetry movement in medicine continues to flourish.

Primary Care

Medicine has always been an emotionally and spiritually challenging profession. Today, confronted with the rapid progress of technology, the shifting sands of health care economics, and glaring disparities in health care and human rights, physicians experience challenges that grow constantly more demanding. As a result, many doctors attempt to build into their lives opportunities for reflection and self-awareness. It is in this context that medical poetry has blossomed. Primary Care, the second anthology of physician poems edited by Angela Belli and Jack Coulehan, proves that the poetry movement in medicine continues to flourish. Fifty-two contemporary physician poets contribute one hundred poems that explore medical practice, interpersonal relationships, and the modern world. Their poems record instances of pain and suffering, joy and grief, humor and irony. Their subjects range from caregivers, patients, trainees, and teachers to poverty, injustice, and war throughout the world. In some cases we find the poets in their professional milieu as they reveal interactions with patients and colleagues. Other poems address private worlds and family relationships. In others the poets turn outward and direct their attention to social and global concerns. Characterized by an immense and kind-hearted sympathy for and empathy with those who are suffering, the poets recognize that everyone’s life is diminished by the trauma of illness and death.

Bare of Laurel

Bare of Laurel


The Doctor Stories

Gathers poems, a selection from the author's autobiography, and a dozen stories about doctors, patients, errors in judgement, and breakthroughs

The Doctor Stories

Gathers poems, a selection from the author's autobiography, and a dozen stories about doctors, patients, errors in judgement, and breakthroughs

Doctor Zhivago

This vivid story of Russia and its revolution is also the tale of an extraordinary love which endures through hardship, tragedy, and... more...

Doctor Zhivago

This vivid story of Russia and its revolution is also the tale of an extraordinary love which endures through hardship, tragedy, and... more...

The Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Poets Philosophers Statesmen Divines Painters Architects Physicians and Lawyers Since the Revival of Art

His father was the domestic physician , the faithful friend , and trusted counsellor of the Constable of Bourbon , and still followed his patron's fortunes , when that ill - used and misguided prince took up arms against France in 1523 ...

The Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Poets  Philosophers  Statesmen  Divines  Painters  Architects  Physicians  and Lawyers  Since the Revival of Art


Accidental Physician Poet

As they have for physician/poet Dr. D, this collection is certain to become an enjoyable diversion from the ordinary; and, as one of his poems states, it is simply for: exalting in the elegance of a well-turned phrase.

Accidental   Physician Poet

Robert Duchouquette's love of poetry grew from his son's simple request for help writing a haiku for high school English. He found the Muse contagious and over the next twenty years, he continued to practice medicine and compose poetry. This anthology features one hundred poems, representing years of exploring this lyrical art form. He writes in numerous poetic genres; from sonnets to metrical rhymed humor and from strictly structured forms to free verse and narrative poetry, his favorite styles for the past ten years. There are surprising sprinkles of parody and heaping doses of humor within his range of imagery. Inside, you'll find poems grouped according to subject matter and style. The first chapter is dedicated to medical poems, which are based on experiences from medical school and private practice. Other poems are grouped into humorous styles and the author's original expertise, oriental forms. There are chapters with poems scrutinizing historical events and showcasing styles cultivated over the past two decades. As they have for physician/poet "Dr. D", this collection is certain to become an enjoyable diversion from the ordinary; and, as one of his poems states, it is simply for: "exalting in the elegance of a well-turned phrase."

Vital Signs

Vital Signs


Complete Physical

Shane Neilson's accustomed fascination with the two great subjects, love and death, has an element of purely professional interest: he has written a poetry that fuses his poetic concerns with those of his profession as a physician.

Complete Physical

Shane Neilson's accustomed fascination with the two great subjects, love and death, has an element of purely professional interest: he has written a poetry that fuses his poetic concerns with those of his profession as a physician. The poems in Complete Physical are primarily lyrics, but there is the occasional villanelle and sestina amidst a squalid sea of punchy narrative; all of the poems ponder what it means to be ill, and some of them celebrate what it means to recover. Some poems even consider the tragic point at which illness becomes identity. '...Doctors share one important thing with poets: an obsession with death. Shane Neilson has turned that obsession ù and the special deathwatching vantage of his medical trade ù into a collection of poems as beguiling and as brave as any I have recently read. In a clinical universe where suffering is distanced by language, Complete Physical becomes a kind of extraordinary talking cure. The human predicament has rarely found itself in such good hands.' ù Carmine Starnino The poems in Complete Physical address the most important question that the physical poses: How are we to live in this world? Neilson writes, 'The poems make that question tangential, they throw in details to make the poem fastenable...but they are always answering in earnest.' Neilson is a family physician who has written numerous books of poetry, all of which show fealty to his rural New Brunswick heritage.

The Healing Art

A doctor and celebrated poet connects the two sides of his life in a strirring collection of verse, revealing the healing power of poetry as it reflects on human illness, recuperation, mortality, and beyond.

The Healing Art

A doctor and celebrated poet connects the two sides of his life in a strirring collection of verse, revealing the healing power of poetry as it reflects on human illness, recuperation, mortality, and beyond.

Public Expectations and Physicians Responsibilities

Amid a vast amount of literature that documents this long history, 'The Art of Preserving Health', a didactic poem by poet-physician John Armstrong (1709-1779), is of particular interest. It is not only a significant historical document ...

Public Expectations and Physicians  Responsibilities

This guide for practice managers, in a question-and-answer format, explains accounting procedures and describes GMS, health authority and other sources of income. The book covers payroll, pension, personnel and complaints matters and advises on optimizing income for the practice.

Madness and the Romantic Poet

The poetry complements the doctor's 'disappointed hopes': it is everything he cannot account for, eccentric, volatile amusement and gratification, opposing vertigo and nausea, which he could control. Perfect's account, with its even ...

Madness and the Romantic Poet

Madness and the Romantic Poet examines the longstanding and enduringly popular idea that poetry is connected to madness and mental illness. The idea goes back to classical antiquity, but it was given new life at the turn of the nineteenth century. The book offers a new and much more complete history of its development than has previously been attempted, alongside important associated ideas about individual genius, creativity, the emotions, rationality, and the mind in extreme states or disorder - ideas that have been pervasive in modern popular culture. More specifically, the book tells the story of the initial growth and wider dissemination of the idea of the 'Romantic mad poet' in the nineteenth century, how (and why) this idea became so popular, and how it interacted with the very different fortunes in reception and reputation of Romantic poets, their poetry, and attacks on or defences of Romanticism as a cultural trend generally - again leaving a popular legacy that endured into the twentieth century. Material covered includes nineteenth-century journalism, early literary criticism, biography, medical and psychiatric literature, and poetry. A wide range of scientific (and pseudoscientific) thinkers are discussed alongside major Romantic authors, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Hazlitt, Lamb, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Keats, Byron, and John Clare. Using this array of sources and figures, the book asks: was the Romantic mad genius just a sentimental stereotype or a romantic myth? Or does its long popularity tell us something serious about Romanticism and the role it has played, or has been given, in modern culture?

Physic and Physicians

Lettsom was a pupil at St. Thomas's Hospital when the poet was the physician of that institution , and having been an ardent admirer of Akenside's great poem , the “ Pleasures of the Imagination , " he allowed his own fancy to picture ...

Physic and Physicians


The Athenaeum

Bathurst , Ralph , M.D. , poet , physician , divine , 1620-170-1 Bathurst , Richard , M.D. , physician and essayist , 1702 The proof that khabburru is an Akkadian Bathurst , Theodore , Latin poet , fl . 1633 word , and not , as Prof.

The Athenaeum


Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes


The Eclectic Magazine

At the dinner of Life of Garth , the poet - physician . The the Literary Club , June 22 , every one doctors , with one accord , and thinking noticed how ill he looked . Perhaps the without doubt far more of Johnson him- true cause of ...

The Eclectic Magazine


The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature Science and Art

... I am now ready to hear what you of those rough eccentric physicians of have to say , in return , sir . ... and thrusting out an our doctors the poet - doctor , Akenside , injured hand , merely said : ' My thumb , who , at the age of ...

The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature  Science  and Art


The Writings of John Greenleaf Whittier Narrative and legendary poems

Twice a year , usually in the spring and autumn , we were honored with a call from Jonathan Plummer , maker of verses , pedler and poet , physician and parson , - a Yankee troubadour , — first and last minstrel of the valley of the ...

The Writings of John Greenleaf Whittier  Narrative and legendary poems


The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams

Presents the autobiography of the respected American poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and physician.

The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams

Presents the autobiography of the respected American poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and physician.