RICHARD M. RATZAN, M.D.
The year 1952 was a momentous one for obstetrician-pediatrician William Carlos Williams. After 43 years of critical acceptance by his more famous peers, like Marianne Moore and Ezra Pound, he was finally beginning to receive, at 69, the public recognition he had always felt he deserved: He was being considered for the prestigious position of Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress (more an honor than a job) and he was soon to receive one of the nation's highest poetry awards, the Bollingen Prize. There were the sad moments as well: The Build-up, his fourth novel, was published and
RATZAN RM. "No Wreaths Please": For William Carlos Williams. Ann Intern Med. ;97:933–937. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-6-933
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(6):933-937.
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