October 29, 2008
Physician Portrays Powerful Poetry at Heart of Human Condition
WAXHAW, N.C., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- From the current health care crisis in America to the natural fear of illness and death, many factors block the ability to see beauty, wonder and poetry in medical practice. Bertrand P. Fote has never lost sight of the powerful human element in his work as an emergency physician, and he captures this in his new collection of poems, "Floodgates: Emergency Life in Verse" (published by AuthorHouse -- http://www.authorhouse.com/).
"I hope to convey the empathy in medicine, to reach out and show the connection between the soul and body as we tackle the issues of health and sickness," Fote states. "I hope the reader will enjoy the humor, share the compassion and understand the humanity that the poems expose as they portray patients and doctors as human beings beyond their disease and profession."The book begins with "On a lighter note ... ," a section of poems that explores the daily fascinations and amusements in the lives of a doctor and the patients he serves. A rhythmic flow of verse includes such dramatic elements as know-it-all patients, vagrants who repeatedly fall victim to street life, the miracle of flatulence and the presence of grace in the form of a small child.
"Floodgates" then takes the reader down a darker road, where they experience the sorrow that is all too familiar in the emergency room.
The following selection from the poem "Floodgates" illustrates Fote's expressive style:
"Doctor! Doctor Help me"/ They came in a-crying/ Some fighting death's cold hands/ Some needing tender love/ "I'm sick! Doctor, treat me"/ They came in a-looking/ For caring healing hands/ That healing touch they love
The highs and lows of this profession are explored in detail designed to evoke laughter, new perspectives, empathy and sorrow. Everything is sacred to Fote as a medical doctor, and he sets the stage for readers to witness the silliness, sadness, strength and pain that comprise human life.
About the Author: Bertrand P. Fote is a board-certified emergency physician practicing in North Carolina. Born in the West African nation of Cameroon, he moved to the United States when he was 17. Fote earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of the District of Columbia, graduating magna cum laude. He holds a medical degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University in Alabama. Fote is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Known for his ever-present smile and love of singing, Fote is affectionately called "the singing doctor" by his patients. This approach to his work and daily interactions with patients fuels his writing. Fote's poetry has been published in several anthologies. He is also the author of "Reflections From Within: A Collection of Thought-Provoking, Mind-Searching Poems."
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