Category: InVerse Medicine

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InVerse Medicine: These are poems about conversations that we’d like to have with ourselves and with others when our bodies and minds are fraying…

There’s struggle and triumph, loss and humanity within the pages of this eclectic collection of verse.

Reviews of the book

Our reading can thus attune us to how poetry listens, speaks and heals with empathy, and Dhaliwal crafts each poem with this explicit tenor.

Dr Gayathri Prabhu, Poet, Novelist, & Associate Professor,
Manipal Centre for Humanities, Manipal

The author wields her words like a scalpel in this cleverly titled collection of ‘medical poetry’. They cut to the chase, they spill the lifeblood of an existence dedicated to saving others in various ways while also saving oneself.

Devika Fernando, Poet & Romance Writer,

We often forget that doctors are human beings. We forget that there are emotions, passions, fears, and so many feelings behind their surgical masks. Doctors are not robots. They feel everything just like you and me. 

Sudesna Ghosh, Romance Writer,

This collection should be a required starting point for any medical student or their seniors to explore together this multifaceted intersection of patient and professional lives. The way the ‘I’ changes in each poem is beautifully handled and makes the collection genuinely moving and thought provoking.

Ruth Chalkley, Neurology patient,
Sheffield, UK

These poems have a direct and easy style that lends itself to reading, capturing the silences between the lines and drawing in the reader early in the narration. The settings are familiar to any practitioner: the ward, the ICU and clinic. The gaze moves from doctor to patient, from mother to child, the dying to the living.

Dr Olinda Timms, Division of Health and Humanities,
St John’s Research Institute, Koramangala, Bengaluru
in: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics

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Why I wrote InVerse Medicine

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been sick, or if you’re not in the health professions, or if you’ve never had to care for family members or friends with health concerns

All that matters is that you enjoy poetry.


I wrote a poem about the birth and of the passing away of my baby girl before I knew anything about the potential role for the humanities in medicine. I revisited that poem many times over the years and was moved each time by a sense of wonder and grief and gratitude and remembrance. Perhaps my emotions had something to do with the fact that the poem rep-resented a personal story; but then, I began to notice how other people’s experiences, couched in words that rhymed – or didn’t rhyme – had the same influence on me.

The Health Humanities Group (HHG) at the University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, of which I am a founding member, decided to take this powerful medium to our medical students. We met over many lunch-breaks and the group kept getting larger and larger. Called ‘Parwaaz’ – which means ‘to fly’ – the group brought together students and faculty who wrote exquisite and nuanced poetry, as well as some who did not write, but enjoyed listening to it. Parwaaz gave us first–hand experience of how a poetry collective could be used to stimulate change in attitudes and behavior towards self and towards others.

There are many reports of provider cynicism, of detachment, waning empathy, and burnout; it is evident that the provider-patient relationship is fractured and conventional methods are inadequate in addressing the problem. Poetry reading, as also the writing of it, have been found to promote patient-centered care and empathy. Its use in medical education allows learners to examine emotions and feelings – this might bridge the gap between the theoretical teaching of empathy and actually learning through experiencing it.

Based on the evidence and on my own experience, it seemed worthwhile to compile a collection of poetry that was about illness and health. I applied to The Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH), at UTMB, Galveston, Texas, with the purpose of taking this idea forward. This book took shape during my four months at IMH (now called Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities) as a Visiting Scholar in 2019 and is thanks to the support I received while I was there.

InVerse Medicine : or : using poetry to enhance communication, empathy, & patient-centered care

I’m so happy that my book is ready to share with the world. I’ve compiled all the health-care-related poems I’ve ever written and they are now available in one volume.

The poems cover all sorts of issues around the provider-patient relationship – like end of life, autonomy, surrogate decision-making, suicide, cancer, dementia, caregiving, communication, empathy, diversity, disability, patient-centered care and so on.

Here’s the cover…

…and, here’s the blurb:

The poems contained in this volume are conversations we could easily overlook in our rush to provide care.

Through poetry, I explore what it really means to be sick, and what it means to be a provider, or a caregiver.

These poems are for people who have ever been unwell, and for those who have never been sick; for people who love poetry, and for those who wonder and doubt; for people who think the healthcare system is fatally flawed, and for those who serve in the system with dedication and love.

The book is for learners of the healthcare professions, just as much as it is for teachers and practitioners.

These poems are for you…

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