The Poetry and Blessings of Chronic Illness - Abby Caplin, MD

June 8, 2022
Hosted by Jonathan Marx, MBA

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Every once in awhile, we invite a health expert on the show who is also engaged in the arts. While medical science is the language of facts, research, data, diagnosis and treatment, the arts is the language of the heart. And when we combine the language of medicine with the language of art, we round out our total human experience to combine factual knowledge with emotional, social, and spiritual content. We have the pleasure of speaking with a practicing physician who expresses herself in the language of poetry. She has just published a book of poems titled “A Doctor Only Pretends – Poems about illness, death and in-between.” Dr. Abby Caplin also lives with a chronic health condition which inform her work as both a physician, patient, and poet. In this interview, we hear about the transformation those with chronic illness can achieve in transcending their physical pain and discomfort to understand what their higher love and purpose is in the world. And we get the added treat of understanding this through the art of an award-winning poet. Enjoy the insights you will glean in this show. You can reach Dr. Caplin at and purchase her poetry book at

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Jonathan Marx, MBA

Jonathan Marx, MBA

Since 2001, Mr. Marx has been an entrepreneur in health and medical education as President of InQuill Medical Communications, LLC. During his earlier 20-year corporate career, Mr. Marx was Senior Vice President of Viacom Cable, Vice President Strategy for Pacific Bell Yellow Pages, and President of ISP Channel, one of the first four pioneers in high-speed internet.

Mr. Marx trains the US Centers for Disease Control in medical communications with monthly webinars since 2013. He collaborates with world ADHD experts providing Continuing Medical Education for primary care staff and helpful education for ADHD adults. The program has 445,000 YouTube views and has provided 29,000 hours of professional training.

He works with 18 European University hospitals to disseminate learnings from 4 clinical trials on connections between nutrition, lifestyle, and mental health. He is Webinar Director for eMedEvents, a leading online CME company, hosting online webinars with clients such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Philips. He is also President of the Las Vegas Health and Fitness Chamber of Commerce, supporting health professionals.

Mr. Marx teaches medical communications and marketing to professional audiences online. He holds a BA (psychology) and MBA degrees from Stanford University. He has four adult children and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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