Medicine’s literary links put under microscope by writer

AN acclaimed American poet is to use a six-month appointment at Edinburgh University to explore links between literature and medicine.

Professor Marianne Boruch, who is also a respected literary critic, will consider how the work of poet John Keats and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle reflects each writer’s fascination with medicine.

As the university’s first Fulbright-Scotland visiting professor, she will lead a series of lectures and seminars and will be actively involved in the university’s creative writing programme.

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Professor Boruch, from Purdue University in the United States, will also spend time at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh to help her develop a new collection of her own poetry on the theme of medical history.

The Fulbright programmme is one of the world’s most prestigious academic exchange programmes.