n South African Medical Journal - Physician, heal thyself : creative writing as a tool for self-care and enhancing care of others : correspondence

Volume 104, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In his recent article in the SAMJ, Prof. Steve Reid questions whether inclusion of art and humanities in the medical curriculum can improve the flexibility and skill of a graduate. As a writer and a general practitioner, I have struggled with the split between my artistic life and that of working with the ill, the injured and the emotionally hurt. As a student, I developed a chronic condition; although medication helped limit morbidity, it was my practise of taking emotional difficulty to the page that helped me manage stressors that adversely impacted on my health.

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