Desire To Heal: A Doctors Education In Empathy Identity And Poetry by Rafael CampoDesire To Heal: A Doctors Education In Empathy Identity And Poetry by Rafael Campo

Desire To Heal: A Doctors Education In Empathy Identity And Poetry

byRafael Campo

Paperback | June 2, 1998

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"Rafael Campo is that rare and exotic hybrid," raved the Boston Globe, "a doctor-poet, with a sensualist point of view that leads him to explore... the eroticism of healing-the laying on of hands." In this "unrelenting effort to humanize the medical profession" (Publishers Weekly), Campo turns the doctor-patient relationship inside out, writing not just of his attempts to heal, but of how his patients have healed him. He writes of campy Aurora, "dying of love"; the elderly woman telling of her trip to the country to pick "big-as-your-hands" peaches; a hateful addict he wished would die; and Gary, whom he feared to love, "contentious and gossipy and irreverent." Campo's work, "reminiscent of Chekhov... [in] the way language comes up out of the body" (Los Angeles Times), restores "the transcendent power of language to redeem" as, throughout the book, "the narrative, and the narrator, only get more luscious" (Out).
Rafael Campo, author of two books of poetry, teaches and practices medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Hospital of Boston.
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Title:Desire To Heal: A Doctors Education In Empathy Identity And PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:June 2, 1998

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393317714

ISBN - 13:9780393317718

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In this "unrelenting effort to humanize the medical profession" ("Publishers Weekly"), Campo turns the doctor-patient relationship inside-out, writing not just of his attempts to heal, but of how his patients have healed "him"

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An extraordinary memoir about the body and the soul. — Richard Rodriguez