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A Pediatrician's Illustrated Poetry

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Through poetry both poignant and light, somber and uplifting, university pediatrician and oncologist John Graham-Pole has captured the spirit of children in sickness and in health. A clinician, teacher, researcher and writer for over 30 years, the author has opened a window on the subjective world of health care. There is immediacy and joy, humility and intimacy in this depiction of a doctor's life working, and playing, with children, coupled with memories and reflections on his own childhood and youth. Of the inexplicable nature of illness and suffering, the author says in his foreword: "Of some mysteries only poems can make meaning. Poems turn denial and withdrawal into compassion-feeling with. They turn fear into mercy-thank you-their guiding hand carries us over a bridge of communication and celebration; their timeless rhythm balances the polarities and synergies of our lives." The poems are beautifully illustrated by fellow physician David Crown, who is the President of the International Mezzotint Society, and whose artwork is exhibited in galleries worldwide.

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John Graham-Pole, MD, is professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He is also medical director of the Shands Holistic Arts in Medicine Program at the University of Florida.Foreword writer Patch Adams, MD, is a nationally known, speaker on wellness, laughter, humor and life as well as on the subjects of healthcare and healthcare systems.
Published September 17, 2002 by iUniverse. 124 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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