The Poetry of Medicine

From the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago, a lovely short piece on The Poetry of Medicine, by Paula Tatarunis, MD:

Poetry and medicine intersect in the domain of body and speech.

The iambic lub-dub of the heartbeat, repeated five times, once for each finger of the hand, gives us the prototypic stanza of english verse, iambic pentameter

...We are immersed in the strange poetry of our patients' histories, in the rhythms of their speech; we must fathom the significance of a hesitation, a repetition, an unexpected cadence.  We must hear the unspoken, decipher their secret code, their metaphors.

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 12:17pm


The Center for Mind, Body, Spirit and Nature was created in November 2009 to support Bastyr University's commitment to a multidisciplinary exploration of the deep questions at the heart of spiritual and scientific inquiry.

As an expression of Bastyr's mission and vision, the Center hosts conversations devoted to illuminating the interfaces, connections and congruence between spirituality, science, nature and medicine.

The Center shares resources in this field and develops collaborative relationships with other organizations and people who work at the frontiers of this exploration. The primary ambition of the Center is to contribute to the cultivation of wisdom and wholeness in the practice of medicine.