John Stone is an emeritus
professor of medicine (cardiology) at Emory
University, but he also has published several collections
of poetry, a collection of essays, and edited an anthology of
medicine during a career in which he has taught both English literature
and medicine at Emory and at Oxford
University, England, received the Governor's Award in the
Humanities (in 1992), and three times been selected Best Clinical
John Stone was born February 7,
1936, in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Central High School
and Millsaps College in Jackson before receiving his M.D. degree
from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He
trained in medicine and cardiology at the University of Rochester
and Emory University in Atlanta. In 1969, he joined the Emory medical
school faculty and is now Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) Emeritus.
has five books of poetry, a collection of essays, and he
co-edited an anthology of literature and medicine. His work has
twice received a Literature Award from the Mississippi Institute
of Arts and Letters (1986 and 1999). He has received honorary
degrees from Miami University, Northeastern Ohio Universities College
Medicine, and Albany Medical College.
Stone teaches often for Emory College,
including the British Summer Studies Program in Oxford, England
(Creative Writing and Literature
in Medicine). Stone has read and lectured at celebratory events
at over 150 institutions in 39 states and given named lectures
at Yale, Stanford, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Brown, and the Mayo Clinic.
In April 2003 he received the Mastership designation (MACP) from
the American College of Physicians.
John Stone’s poetry collections
include The Smell of Matches (1972), In All This Rain (1980), Renaming
the Streets (1985), Where
Water Begins: New Poems and Prose (1998), and most recently, Music
From Apartment 8: New and Selected Poems (2004). In 1990 Dell published
In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine, a collection
of essays about the human heart, both as a physiological organ
and a metaphorical symbol of life and emotion. The book was reprinted
by LSU Press in 1996.
Stone is co-editor of On Doctoring:
Stories, Poems and Essays (Simon & Schuster). The book
is presented annually as a gift from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
entering U.S. medical schools; the book is now in its 3rd edition.
Over the last 13 years, more than 200,000 copies have been distributed
to American medical students.
(Article first posted June
(Updated March 2004)
Related Links & Info
State University Press web site features information about books
Stone, including his two most recent poetry collections, Where
Water Begins and Music from Apartment 8: New and
Selected Poems, and
his essay collection, In
the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine.
- In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine. . Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.
- The Smell of Matches. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1972. Rpt. 1989.
- In All This Rain. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980.
- Renaming the Streets. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1985.
- Where Water Begins: New Poems and Prose.. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998.
- Music from Apartment 8: New and Selected Poems. Baton Rouge:
Louisiana State University Press, 2004.
- (co-editor) On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays. New York:
Simon & Schuster, 1991.
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