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Pectoriloquy and Poetry

Michael Zack, MD
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Medford, MA

Correspondence to: Michael Zack, MD, 101 Main St, Suite 110, Medford, MA 02155; e-mail: poetrychest@aol.com



Chest. 2008;133(1):10-11. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1451
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It is a formidable list: Chekhov, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Locke, Oliver Goldsmith, Keats, Somerset Maugham, Rabelais, Schiller, Maimonides, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Robin Cook, Roget (Thesaurus), Michael Crichton, Virgil, Michael Palmer, William Carlos Williams … all writers, all physicians. And Goethe, Charles Darwin, John Donne, Coleridge, Ibsen, Joyce, Gertrude Stein … all began to study medicine but abandoned it.1

In this issue (see page 311),2CHEST initiates a new poetry feature section, perhaps expanding this list of names. This section is entitled Pectoriloquy. Readers of CHEST are invited both to submit their own original poetry and to read what will be selected each month. Elsewhere in this issue (see page 309), “On Writing Poetry,”3 has suggestions as to what the Editors will be looking for with submissions. Authors should also follow the guidelines for submitting poetry that can be found in the Instructions to Authors. Word counts should not exceed 350 words, and all submissions should be previously unpublished.

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