The power of poetry in talking about health

February 15, 2012

I discovered a new site and a beautiful poem there. I will share it at the end of this post. But to begin, it is worth considering what we know about poetry as ‘talk’ and its effects for our health. Doctors benefit. Reading poetry has been found to increase empathy for patients. [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2929.2005.02178.x/full]
[http://www.stfm.org/fmhub/Fullpdf/July01/lame.pdf]

Patients can benefit from reading poetry aloud, contributing to healthier and less stressed breathing and heart rates. [http://ajpheart.physiology.org/content/287/2/H579.short]

Perhaps a poem a day… keeps the doctor at bay…

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