R.D. Laing wrote a tortuously dignified prose, but his poems (as in the book Knots) relished in their ability to confuse the reader. Another psychiatrist/poet, Richard Berlin, has for several years hosted a column in Psychiatric Times. He penned a remarkable poem titled “How JFK Killed My Father,” which anchored a book by the same name. Yet the gold standard for physician poetry in English has been set not by psychiatrists but by physical medicine internists, such as Welsh respirologist Dannie Abse, American cardiologist John Stone, and internist Rafael Campo. How well their work compares with poems on medical themes written by lay poets could be debated, but in my own biased view, very well indeed.