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On Writing and Publishing Medical Fiction

Marshall Goldberg, MD
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Jefferson Medical College; Philadelphia, PA 19107 Requests for Reprints: Marshall Goldberg, MD, Jefferson Medical College, Room 902, 1015 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(5):413-415. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-5-199709010-00022
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Who among today's practicing physicians will replace the Anton Chekhovs and Arthur Conan Doyles, the great medical fiction writers of yesteryear? Until recently, we had Walker Percy and Richard Seltzer to carry on the tradition. But now, with Percy deceased and Seltzer in retirement, the dearth of worthy successors seems particularly lamentable. Certainly every physician, whether just starting out or nearing retirement, has stories to tell. So why aren't more of us trying to compete with the impressive number of lawyers whose novels make the bestseller list? Is it merely a matter of finding the time, or is it something more that that?

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