Poetry and the Importance of Voice in Diverse Illness Experiences

Rafael Campo, MD

Duke North, Room 2003

About This Event:

Lunch provided at NOON. Talk begins at 12:10pm. The earliest of civilizations have recognized an inextricable interrelationship between incantation and healing. This lecture will investigate the link between creative self-expression and healing, and will enact the power of poetry to "speak the unspeakable." Dr. Campo will describe how poetry joins us empathetically, through its sound and structure as much as through its insistent invitation to share in diverse human experiences, and how it may help to heal even medicine itself. Rafael Campo, MD teaches and practices medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Author of eight highly acclaimed books, he is the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Amherst College, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry. His third collection of poetry, Diva, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


  • School of Medicine (SOM)
  • Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine

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