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Poetry & Medicine – The Poets

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John Stone M.D.
www.olemiss.edu/mwp/dir/stone_john

John Stone is Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) Emeritus at the Emory medical school. He has published five books of poetry, a collection of essays, and has co-edited an anthology of literature and medicine entitled.... (?) His work has twice received a Literature Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (1986 and 1999).

Every summer Dr. Stone teaches Creative Writing and Literature in Medicine for the British Summer Studies Program in Oxford, England. He has read and lectured at celebratory events at over 150 institutions in 39 states and given named lectures at Yale, Stanford, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Brown, and the Mayo Clinic. In April 2003 he received the Mastership designation (MACP) from the American College of Physicians.

John Stone’s poetry collections include The Smell of Matches (1972), In All This Rain (1980), Renaming the Streets (1985), Where Water Begins: New Poems and Prose (1998), and most recently, Music From Apartment 8: New and Selected Poems (2004). In 1990 Dell published In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine, a collection of essays about the human heart, both as a physiological organ and a metaphorical symbol of life and emotion. The book was reprinted by LSU Press in 1996.

Stone is co-editor of On Doctoring: Stories, Poems and Essays (Simon & Schuster). The book, now in its 3rd edition, is presented annually as a gift from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to students entering U.S. medical schools. Over the last 13 years, more than 200,000 copies have been distributed to American medical students.

The Louisiana State University Press web site features information about books by John Stone, including his two most recent poetry collections, Where Water Begins and Music from Apartment 8: New and Selected Poems ,and his essay collection, In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine.

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