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Poetic doctor's work gets published

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Dr. Scott Williams is a busy family physician in Huntsville and a poet. Dr. Scott Williams is a busy family physician in Huntsville and a poet.

Dr. Scott Williams is a busy family physician in Huntsville. He is also a poet, writing from the heart, with works published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association.

His love of poetry and earlier writings came from a minor in English. 

"And I entered a couple of small contests at Clemson University, again as kind of part of the expectation of the course curriculum and actually won it, surprisingly," said Williams.

That win fueled his love for writing poetry.

Years later, many of his works, like "TMJ," which focuses on the spoken work hindered by the pain and clicking of the disease - the words are like a roadmap into the patient's head.

In another work, "Feeling Death," Williams seems to go into a very dark existence.

"I think at some level, you are emotionally drawn into that, as was the case with that particular piece," he said.

Being recognized for his artistic endeavors is exciting.

"To be published is flattering. I don't think for any writer who is worth his salt or her salt that notoriety or publication is the reason for their writing," said Williams.

He said sometimes he feels like if he didn't write, he would explode. 

"I think the word I would use would be 'therapeutic,'" he said.

Reflections of modern day medicine and poetry in Bobby's Bama.

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