The Doctor Stories (Paperback)
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Not only for students and doctors, this volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" from The Autobiography.
These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge. As Coles suggests, Dr. Williams's writing can help many others take a knowing look at the medical profession.
About the Author
Besides being a practicing physician, William Carlos Williams (1883–1963) was a poet, short-story writer, novelist, translator, playwright, and essayist whose contribution to the development of modern American poetry grew out of his commitment to recording the "local" experience of Rutherford, New Jersey, and its environs.
Robert Coles (1929- ) graduated from Harvard College in 1950 with a degree in English Literature. Although he originally intended to pursue literature further, William Carlos Williams persuaded him to go into medicine. He is currently a child psychiatrist and a professor at Harvard University.
Stories written with the swift, concise, unsentimental exactitude of a great diagnostician who also happened to be a great poet.
— Philip Gourevitch
Impoverished patients was the rich literary lode his muse mined late every evening [or] snatched from his busy practice.
— Richard Sobel, MD