Here’s a post from Nautilus that will warm the hearts of English majors everywhere. It recounts how a Harvard medical student is learning to both treat and heal using poetry as part of his toolkit.

Once more concerned about the biomedical aspects of healing, Danny W. Linggonegoro has changed his mind. It seems that he and others in world of medicine are beginning to understand “that the role of language and human expression extends beyond” a technical discussion of potential treatments. In fact, such conversations may inhibit understanding between doctor and patient.

And that’s where poetry comes in…

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)