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by Rafael Campo

The author reveals his spiritual and psychological development as a doctor, discussing his passions and fears as well as his life as a doctor, poet, Hispanic American, and gay man
Download The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor's Education in Empathy, Identity, and Desire epub
ISBN: 0393040097
ISBN13: 978-0393040098
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Rafael Campo
Language: English
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st edition (January 1, 1997)
Pages: 270 pages
ePUB size: 1890 kb
FB2 size: 1494 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 771
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From the title, I assumed the book was a collection of Rafael Campo's poetry. Not so. Guess I should read more reviews before making a purchase.
This was an intriguing book. A poetry-writing professor at Harvard Medical School bares all. Rafael Campo critiques his own poems, his sexuality, his body, and modern medicine. Sometimes his honesty is hard to look at. His divulgences are sometimes too much information; it would be uncomfortable for me to read his book if he was my doctor. On the other hand, I love how he lives his life with poetry, turning to it to soothe his soul, writing it in times of crisis. I love how he cares about patients; his empathy is huge and sometimes causes him pain and sorrow. I wish an editor had insisted on the book being more concise; it was lingered a bit long in all the angst. I would've enjoyed reading some of his poetry - none are included. And I wish some good friend of his had told him to be a bit more discreet. But mostly I am in awe of this man, this physician/poet. How bold he is to show himself like this to the world. I think he is an excellent model for all writers - take out your skeletons and dance with them.
Campo has created a poetic autobiography which describes his life as a gay, Latino doctor and poet. This book exemplifies that a person can be proud of being both a person of color and gay. In addition, we can be artists, healers, and so much more. Though not as effective as Gloria Anzaldua's work, Campo still demonstrates the wonders of inhabiting multiple identities and spaces. At times, he leaves his class-privilege unexamined. Some portions are repetitive. Nevertheless, I feel fortunate that I found and read this series of essays. Knowing that a gay man of color can strive in a demanding field despite bigotry, can perform well at prestigious universities, and can have a long-term partner is quite inspirational for me.
I read Campo's poetry before I knew he was a doctor; therefore, I hope he forgives me for thinking of him as a poet first, a doctor second. But this eloquent book--and indeed, Campo's life--exemplifies the benefits of accessing both sides of one's brain, the creative as well as the analytical/scientific. At times soaring with hopefulness and at others questioning the purpose of life and pondering the darkest moments of despair, Campo writes passionately and intimately about his role in the healing arts. This calling is informed as much by his poetic genius and ability to come face to face with raw emotion, unflinchingly, as it is by his doctoral training.
Campo writes powerfully about AIDS and our relationship to the plague in a way one seldom reads: with practical guidelines, not moralistic platitudes and empty slogans. His essay "Imagining Unmanaging Health Care" is worth the price of the book.
An excellent volume of essays, full of warmth, compassion, and most of all, humanity. Campo has truly become the "warrior-physician" he aspired to be--let's hope managed care doesn't drive him from the profession.
Dr. Campo provides a sensitive and sometimes provocative look at the life of a gay, minority, physician who treats patients suffering from the plague of the 90s, AIDS. Moreover, Dr. Campo, a true humanist and poet, discusses how his passion for medicine and writing have oftentimes seemed at odds with each other. He was able to deal with many, many issues in his life and to use both medicine and writing to heal himself, his patients, and, I believe, some of his readers. He is courageous, too, just by writing this kind of book. I couldn't have imagined a Yale-educated physician acting so "un-Ivy." But, Dr. Campo has spoken out to describe, in vivid detail, his love of medicine and of words and, most importantly, of his patients.
This book is a wonderful, wonderful read.