Pediatrics: He's Dead

He was both poet and physician, each as a profession in itself, and each thanks to the other. He had mastered the knack of treating poems as patients and patients as poems, and both were the better for it. His life was in careful balance.

William Carlos Williams lived a half-mile from his birthplace in Rutherford, N.J. He found ample fascination for both his curiosities in life along the Passaic River—in his little town and in the ugly, faceless towns around it. He practiced medicine there for 40 years, a tough but generous doctor with a humanist's simple notion of...

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