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Jack Coulehan, MD

Physician as Poet

Jack Coulehan, MD, is director emeritus of The Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society and professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also is author of four collections of poetry, The Knitted Glove, First Photographs of Heaven, Medicine Stone and Bursting with Danger and Music. He and Angela Belli, an English professor at St. John’s University in New York, edited Blood & Bone, and Primary Care, anthologies of poems by physicians. Jack’s poem Complications and commentary appears in John Fox's book Finding What You Didn’t Lose. He and John Fox have been friends for over two decades.

Read more for his interview with John Bowman, friend and writer for the Institute for Poetic Medicine, Dr. Coulehan explores the value of poetry in medicine, for both physicians and their patients—a favorite topic in talks he gives at conferences around the country.

Jack Coulehan, MD
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