"Japan Inscape," Haiku and photographs,



We live in a world of nearly constant stress and challenges. Personally, I know of many since I have been a surgeon for more than 40 years. As an instructor and mentor to surgical residents, I’ve had to find creative ways to reach them and teach them. 

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2016, my wife, Barbara, and I visited Japan. Over many months, I chose photographs to collate with haiku poems that I wrote. As a student of Haiku, I’ve written haiku for years to help me keep perspective in a continually challenging world. 

Upon our return from Japan, while at dinner one evening, I read a fortune cookie that said, “You see pictures in poems and poems in pictures.” That fortune compelled me to write this book. The title, “Japan Inscape,” was created thanks to a newly acquired, “word-a-day,” app. Inscape means, “The unique inner nature of a person or object as shown in a work of art, especially a poem.”

As I reviewed the pages of the book, I realized I had several photographs of cranes. Two of these pictures celebrate the 1000 Cranes of Sadako, a girl who was radiated at Hiroshima. She believed that by making 1000 origami cranes, she would be cured of leukemia. Since many of my years in surgery included many cancer patients, I decided that the origami crane would be the logo of my website. The crane is a symbol of hope, perhaps not unlike the phoenix of the West. 

Now, I have settled into a less intense surgical path that has allowed me time to publish “Japan Inscape” and finalize other writing projects. If you read the book, please write a customer review, send me any comments you may have, and tell your friends. Happy reading! 


Dr. Goldfarb graduated from Hobart College and then attended New York University School of Medicine. He then completed a five-year surgical residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City. After his training as a General Surgeon, he served as a Major in the United States Army. He was Surgical Director of Wound Ballistics, at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland.  He helped direct the development and testing of Kevlar body armor and established the standard for bullet proof body armor. 

Dr. Goldfarb then entered private practice in at Monmouth Medical Center, in Long Branch New Jersey. Since then he has been immersed in resident and student teaching and was appointed Professor of Surgery (Drexel University) in 2006. He served as Chairman and Program Director of the Department of Surgery from July 2000 until July 2014. He has helped train over 700 surgeons. As a surgeon, his experience has concentrated on compassionate interactions and meticulous techniques, to promote excellent clinical results. 

Dr. Goldfarb has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and books and developed patents for surgical inventions.  He is a member of multiple surgical societies, hospital committees and a recent Governor of the American College of Surgeons. Currently, he edits the column on New Innovations in Surgery, in General Surgery News. He is on the Advisory Boards of several medical companies.

Dr. Goldfarb is married to Barbara and they have two sons and four grandchildren. His hobbies are writing Haiku, photography, magic, golf, travel and understanding their Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Dartagnan and Poet.


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