Doctors in Fiction: Lessons from Literature

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Radcliffe Publishing, 2009 - Medical - 202 pages
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Medical practitioners are key actors in many well-known works of fiction and literature, presenting a vital insight into the social, medical, scientific and ethical concerns of their authors and readers. However, medical professionals are often left little time to explore such cultural perceptions of their profession, and by extension themselves, despite the extent to which the views of their patients and society have been - and still are - shaped by them. Doctors in Fiction explores and analyzes representations of medical practitioners in fiction, encompassing classic and contemporary literature, popular fiction, and authors from many nations and traditions. These include among others: Albert Camus A* Anton Checkhov A* Robertson Davies A* Graham Greene A* George Eliot A* Ian McEwan A* F. Scott Fitzgerald A* Jaroroslav Hasek A* Henrik Ibsen A* John Irving A* Patrick O'Brien A* Boris Pasternak A* Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn This book will be of interest to those with an interest in the medical humanities, and to students of cultural history and literature. It will also be of particular interest to medical practitioners of all kinds who enjoy literature and wish to understand and reflect upon wider perceptions of their profession.
 

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Contents

Dr Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar
3
Dr Stephen Maturin
11
Dr Tertius Lydgate
22
Dr Martin Arrowsmith
31
Dr Andrew Manson
41
Dr Lucas Marsh
52
Cancer Ward
59
Doctors on the Island of Capri
66
Dr Dick Diver
111
Dr Howard Berger
117
Dr Jonathan Hullah
127
Ward No 6 and Other Stories
135
Physicians in the world of Graham Greene
143
Drs Wilbur Larch and Homer Wells
153
Satire from the 17th to the 20th century
165
Doctors in the plays Ivanov The Seagull
177

Dr Bernard Rieux
74
Dr Antoine Thibault
83
Dr Ravic
93
Dr Yuri Zhivago
100
Dr Benjamin Rubin
187
Dr Henry Perowne
194
Index
201
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Respectively Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, USA; freelance writer and author, USA.

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