NPR logo

Medicine and Literature

Only Available in Archive Formats.
Medicine and Literature

Medicine and Literature

Medicine and Literature

Only Available in Archive Formats.


Guests:

Dr. Atul Gawande
* Staff Writer on Medicine and Science, The New Yorker
* Author, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (Metropolitan Books, 2002)
* Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Rafael Campo
* Physician and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
* Author, Landscape with Human Figure (Duke University Press, 2002) and The Desire to Heal: A Doctor's Education in Empathy, Identity, and Poetry (WWNorton, 1998)
* Boston, Massachusetts

Felice Aull, Ph.D.
* Associate Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at New York University School of Medicine
* Founding Editor, Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database
* New York, New York

In this hour of Science Friday, Ira Flatow and guests discuss the connection between writing and medicine. Why do doctors write? What can be learned about illness and suffering from narrative or poetry? And is it possible that writing might actually make patients feel better?

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.