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A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Vol. 32, No. 3 Spring 2008
What is the essence of caregiving? Donald Hall—a former New Hampshire and U.S. poet laureate—found out when his beloved wife, fellow poet Jane Kenyon, was dying of leukemia. He drew inspiration from his memories of the way his mother had cared for elderly relatives. From the tenderness of Kenyon's nurses at DHMC. And from poetry.
If you chanced upon Elmer Pfefferkorn as he was out on one of his daily walks, you would never guess from his humble demeanor that he's an internationally recognized scientist and a much-loved teacher of parasitology and virology.
In the 1950s—before the Peace Corps existed, before Doctors Without Borders was founded—an idealistic young DMS graduate traveled to India with his family. This is his story—of working for three years at a TB sanitarium, of saving lives, of seeing his own life indelibly affected.
It was a contemplative and loving life that poet Donald Hall, the nation's immediate past poet laureate, led with his late wife, fellow poet Jane Kenyon. Even after she was diagnosed with leukemia, their reflective nature stood them in good stead. The photo on Hall's desk shows him with Kenyon. The cover photograph is the work of Jon Gilbert Fox.
Joshua Hamilton, Ph.D.
Christiane Northrup, M.D., '75
By Isaac Howley
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