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May I add that Flaubert's father was a doctor and the substance of 
surgery occurs in many of his novels, where Eliot is likely to have 
read of it?

Yours, Jennifer
On Monday, May 12, 2003, at 11:50  AM, INGELBIEN RAPHAEL wrote:

> Poetry as an alternative to nursing? Not if you think of all the poems 
> that have been written about hospitals.
> - Baudelaire compared life itself to a hospital in his prose poems.
> - Larkin has written several poems about hospitals.
> -†English poet U.A. Fanthorpe worked as a clerk in a hospital and has 
> written several poems inspired by her experiences.
> There are probably many more examples.
> †
> Yours,
> †
> RaphaŽl
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