Poetry in Medicine: An Anthology of Poems About Doctors,

Infused with desire, heartbreak, and humor, this publication gathers our best poets from antiquity to the current, prescribing new views on medical professionals and sufferers, treatments and methods, ailment and restoration. A literary elixir, Poetry in drugs screens the genre’s means to heal us.  

For millennia poets have defined the illnesses of the physique and those that deal with them. Infused with wish, heartbreak, and unforeseen humor, this ebook gathers various poems approximately our scientific experiences—poems approximately medical professionals and sufferers, treatments and methods, health problems and convalescence—each one prescribing a distinct point of view and new revelations.  A literary elixir, Poetry in drugs showcases not just the breadth of poetry’s dating to medication, but additionally the genre’s remarkable skill to heal us.
Contributors contain Auden, Baudelaire, Berryman, Blake, Bishop, Boland, Campo, Cavafy, Clampitt, Chaucer, Clifton, Cummings, Dickinson, Donne, Conan Doyle, Eliot, Frost, Gunn, corridor, Hass, Hayden, Hirsch, Heaney, O. W. Holmes, Kooser, Larkin, Longfellow, Lowell, Merrill, Milne, Milton, Nash, Ovid, Pinsky, Plath, Rilke, Shakespeare, Seshardi, Sexton, Stevens, Szymborska, Whitman, Williams, Yeats, et al.

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16 17 Frier 1982. Hopkins 1987: 123-25. Duncan-Jones 1990: 101-3. Death, marriage and birth 17 those who had held one of the two quaestorships at age twenty-five, then the average life expectancy at age twenty-five for the group can be calculated. The sixty-eight survivors imply "that expectation of life at twenty-five (e25) is thirty-four years. "18 According to Duncan-Jones, this approach is preferable because it does not rely on age-reporting,19 but he acknowledges factors that could undermine the conclusion: (1) the holding of the quaestorship at ages other than twenty-five; (2) the adlection of influential men in mid-cursus; (3) a singular event that fortuitously affected this particular group of men.

Here again, parents are much the most common dedicators for boys and youths under twenty-five years; a scattering of siblings and other kin are also found for the proportion that would be expected to have been without a living parent. The proportion of parent-commemorations declines substantially for men in their late twenties, but they remain the single largest group. Parents then decline further to a distinct minority for men in their early thirties (36 percent). Wives are absent as commemorators for men through their early twenties, then appear as a significant minority (29 percent) for men in their later twenties, and become the best represented group for men in their thirties and older.

50 From the tens of thousands of funerary inscriptions I have sorted out all those for males over age ten which give age at death and the relationship of the commemorator, who dedicated the memorial. The result is a body of data more than ten times larger than that used by Hopkins and Harkness. Shaw, following my method, produced a similar study for women. 51 His presentation differed in certain respects from mine: he counted only dedications from parents and spouses, and graphed them year by year.

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