MillerComm Lecture Series

AIDS and the Poetry of Healing: A Doctor's Personal Journey Toward Empathy

Monday, October 25th, 1999
Rafael Campo
7:30 pm

Gregory Hall, Rm 112 810 S. Wright Street Urbana

Event Description

Rafael Campo teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is the author of 1993 National Poetry Series Award winner for  The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New World; the Lambda Literary Award for poetry for What the Body Told; and another Lambda Literary Award for memoir, The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor's Education in Empathy, Identity and Desire. Diva, a collection of poetry is scheduled for release September, 1999.

Technology and Medicine
The transformation is complete. My eyes
Are microscopes and cathode X-ray tubes
In one, so I can see bacteria,
Your underwear, and even through to bones.
My hands are hypodermic needles, touch
Turned into blood: I need to know your salts
And chemistries, a kind of intimacy
That won't bear pondering. It's more than love,
More weird than ESP--my mouth, for instance,
So small and sharp, a dry computer chip
That never gets to kiss or taste or tell
A brief truth like "You're beautiful," or worse,
"You're crying just like me; you are alive."

from The Other Man Was Me: A Voyage to the New World (Houston, Texas: Arte Publico Press--University of Houston, 1994)

Sponsored by: Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, Medical Scholars Program, Office of Academic Student Affairs, College of Medicine

In conjunction with: College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Psychiatry , Department of Community Health, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of Human and Community Develop.m.ent, Department of Sociology, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Institute of Communications Research, Latino/a Studies Program, Program for Studies of Science, Technology, Information and Medicine, School of Social Work, Unit One, Women?s Studies Program, LaCasa Cultural Latina, McKinley Health Center, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Queer Medical Students, Student Physicians for Human Rights

Rafael Campo

Physician, Harvard Medical School, essayist, poet and George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Professor