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"The physician who writes" has always been a topic of interest for medical periodicals of different kinds (historical, scientific, and even popular). Perhaps no other profession among those whose culture is based on technology and whose method on experiment has offered so many famous examples.
This may be the result not only of the human experience gained in practice but also of the humanistic education of many physicians. About ten years ago Arnaldo Cherubini published I medici scrittori dal XV al XX secolo (Physicians and Writers From the 15th to the 20th Century), which was a remarkable achievement in documenting and interpreting this phenomenon. Although some studies on particular authors of varying degrees of importance and some collections of different countries' literature were available, no one had attempted, at least in recent times, to compile a work of such broad scope. In this book European physicians who engaged in writing
Draetta G. Medici Scrittori d'Europa e d'America. JAMA. 1992;268(19):2712. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490190116043