New Release Reveals Medicine’s Failings, Triumphs Through Poetry; Book by Howard F. Stein

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This book of poetry released by Dog Ear Publishing explores themes of human suffering and compassion and respect for patients and their families. This is the eighth book of poetry for the author, a psychoanalytic, organizations, medical and applied anthropologist uses poetry to teach clinical behavioral science to family medicine interns and residents.

Dog Ear Publishing releases "In the Shadow of Asclepius" by Howard Stein.

Spending more than 40 years in medicine brings an educated perspective to Howard Stein’s poetic views on clinical life.

Spending more than 40 years in medicine brings an educated perspective to Howard Stein’s poetic views on clinical life. Stein, a medical, psychoanalytic, organizational and applied anthropologist, is regarded as a leader in the medical humanities in family medicine. He uses poetry in teaching clinical behavioral science to family medicine interns and residents. “Poetry can capture the ambiguities and pain of clinical practice, as well as its passion and delight,” Dr. Jack Coulehan writes in the foreword. “Poetry is perhaps the clearest acknowledgement that the word is an instrument of healing.”

In the Shadow of Asclepius delves into themes of human suffering and of having compassion, empathy and respect for patients and their families. His depth of feeling for people shows through his powerful words and imagery. In “Importance,” Stein writes of a busy doctor and nurse on hospital rounds, and of a housekeeper who later came in and “sang to the [crying] baby before she mopped. … As if this room were the manger at Christmas time.” “Hospitalized at Christmas” tells of the holidays, a time when “hospitals are riot with hope and disappointment.” “Cancer Patient” reveals a tired patient’s resolve not to let his doctor down. “Diagnosis” features a patient’s reaction to a terrifying diagnosis that was relayed by a doctor without emotion: “Though you were here with me, I was alone with your words.”

This is the eighth book of poetry by author Howard Stein. His most recent poetry book, Seeing Rightly with the Heart, was a finalist in the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award Competition. He was nominated in 2006 for Oklahoma Poet Laureate. Stein, a clinical anthropologist who has taught at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center since 1978, serves as professor and special assistant to the chairman in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He also taught for seven years in the Department of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. Contact him at howard(hyphen)stein(at)ouhsc(dot)edu.

For more information, visit http://www.asclepiusbook.com

IN THE SHADOW OF ASCLEPIUS: POEMS FROM AMERICAN MEDICINE
Howard Stein

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0651-2                        120 pages                         $11.95 US

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