Archive for February 12th, 2011

D is for Doctor

One of the novels I’m reading currently was written by a physician, which started me thinking about other physicians who write. A couple of them (Khaled Hosseini, Josh Bazell) have written some of my favorite books. That got me to wondering – what is it about physicians that make them good writers? Or does this just happen to be a coincidence?

Regardless, here’s a list of writers who just happen to be doctors (I haven’t included psychiatrists or psychologists – just physicians), along with a selection of their works. Some of them write about medicine, but quite a few have taken a different tack. Starred entries are highly recommended!

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Josh Bazell

 

Ethan Canin

 

Anton Chekhov

 

Deepak Chopra

 

Don Coldsmith

 

Michael Crichton

 

Robin Cook

 

Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Atul Gawande

 

Tess Gerritsen

 

Jerome Groopman

 

Khaled Hosseini

 

John Keats

 

Sherwin Nuland

 

Oliver Sacks

 

Jill Bolte Taylor

 

Abraham Verghese

 

William Carlos Williams

 

Did I forget your favorite? Leave a comment.