The Poetry of Healing by Rafael Campo
A Doctor's Education in Empathy, Identity, and Desire

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The healing powers of speech, of touch, of empathy and the erotic, of love itself - these are some of the themes of Rafael Campo's deeply humanistic work, as he writes not just of his attempts to heal, but of how his patients have healed him. Throughout, he uncovers the truths of his own passions and fears, of the tragic flaws in health care, and of his education and life as primary-care doctor, poet, Latino, and gay man within the medical establishment.

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Rafael Campo, author of two books of poetry, teaches and practices medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Hospital of Boston.
Published January 1, 1997 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 270 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Gay & Lesbian, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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His joking response is that he's never seen a poem cause liver failure or bone-marrow toxicity, but his serious one is that poetry is ``the clearest drug of all, the essence and distillation of the process of living itself.'' Today Campo's patients are the mostly Latino poor of Boston;

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Time and again, the 29-year-old Cuban American poet and general internist who practices medicine out of Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Hospital and lives in Durham, N.C., describes his personal and sexual reactions to his patients: ""His erection startled me,"" he writes of one patient.

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