chapter  49
Poetry and Surgery
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Emily Dickinson aside, how many people commonly associate poetry with sur­ geons? Very few, I imagine, since surgeons are frequendy associated with the stereo­ type of being absorbed by the physical phenomenon, without demonstrable contribution to the literary scene. Traditionally, surgeons have been considered to have a practical attitude with a pragmatic response to clinical problems, attending only to life and death situations.