Beneath many a white coat and stethoscope beats the heart of a poet or storyteller. Creative writing offers an alternative to the daily round of medical problem solving that occupies most practicing physicians, and it provides an outlet for exploring the artistic side of medicine. Medical themes are popular with writers on the other side of the stethoscope as well. Encounters with the mysteries of disease are universal aspects of the human condition and a rich source of the symbols, metaphors, and plot devices.
The new, privately published journal Mediphors has now joined the handful of periodicals linking medicine with literature. Mediphors seeks to "place in print" works by a variety of writers on virtually any subject related to medicine