Rafael Campo: Poetic Healer

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Before Dr. Rafael Campo gives his TEDxCambridge on May 3, WHRB spoke to him about his line of work and his thoughts on the arts, the sciences, and ultimately the relationships between people as illustrated by medicine. Dr. Campo teaches and practices at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Isabel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and is a published and celebrated poet as well. Here, he speaks on the effects an arts education can have on both physicians and patients, and how poetry can help strengthen their relationships. Additionally, we discuss empathy and its merits, and the importance of the arts in helping student physicians develop empathy, and even make their jobs easier and more effective--especially important in this fast-developing, increasingly electronic world and medical system.

You can hear Dr. Campo give a TEDxCambridge talk on May 3, information for which can be found at http://www.tedxcambridge.com/attend/. TEDxCambridge is also promoting a Student Rush that allows students to access discounted, high-quality seating, info for which can be found at http://www.tedxcambridge.com/rush/. Finally, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of TEDxCAmbridge, they are offering select premier orchestra and mezzanine seats with new price points, which can be accessed at http://bit.ly/tedxctickets2019.


Jenny Wang is a studio engineer for WHRB, a DJ for Record Hospital, and a guest contributor to the News department. TEDxCambridge 2019 will be hosted at the Boston Opera House on Friday, May 3, featuring six speakers, two performances and 2,500 guests. Use offer code Decade for a $10 discount on tickets. http://www.tedxcambridge.com/attend