"When my own father, a general practitioner, was in his nineties, we implored him to take it easy—at least, to give up making house calls. He conceded that he would work a little less—but he would give up everything except the house calls. This was the essence of his practice, as it was for William Carlos Williams—to see patients at home, with their families, in their communities, and to treat them as full human beings. Robert Coles, himself a great literary physician, understands this keenly and writes about it eloquently. Interweaving past and present, medicine and poetry, Coles's text with Thomas Roma's sensitive photographs, House Calls is a moving and fitting tribute to one of our greatest poet-doctors."
——Oliver Sacks, MD
"With poignancy of heart and visual precision, this splendid book reminds us that the beauty we need in our lives is closer than we may have thought. Thomas Roma and Robert Coles take us through the landscape, the city-scape, of one of America's finest poets, William Carlos Williams."
"In this remarkable book a renowned author and an acclaimed photographer capture the essence and rhythm of William Carlos Williams, a great physician-poet. Coles' knowing text and Roma's exquisite black and white photographs contribute to the sense of dignity and respect that Williams brought to a medical life where universal truths grew out of humble acts of kindness."
——Kevin M. Cahill, MD