Listen Web extra: Dr. Hallberg talks about the poem, "CPR or no CPR," by Leo Dangel
Listen 2006 medical poetry chat with Jon Hallberg
On the surface, poetry and medicine may not seem like likely companions. But many of the concerns of physicians and patients -- life and death, struggle and hope -- have also been the regular themes of poets through the ages.
Many medical doctors have also tried their hand at poetry -- the most notable being William Carlos Williams, who is better known for his poetry than his medical practice.
April is National Poetry Month, and Dr. Jon Hallberg shared his annual selection of medical poetry with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann.