Why Doctors Should Read Fiction

The poet William Carlos Williams reads to two young actors

The annals of literature are packed with writers who also practiced medicine: Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Carlos Williams, John Keats, William Somerset Maugham, and on and on. As doctors, they saw patients at their most vulnerable, and their medical training gave them a keen eye for observing people and what makes them tick.

But if studying medicine is good training for literature, could studying literature also be good training for medicine? A new paper in Literature and Medicine, “Showing That Medical Ethics Cases Can Miss the Point,” argues yes. In particular, it proposes that certain literary exercises, like rewriting short stories that involve ethical dilemmas, can expand doctors’ worldviews and make them more attuned to the dilemmas real patients face.

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What it Takes to Be a Successful TV and Film Writer, According to This 20-Year Veteran

What it Takes to Be a Successful TV and Film Writer, According to This 20-Year Veteran

Jeff Lowell can proudly call himself accomplished, having written, produced and directed features and television for over 20 years. But success didn’t happen overnight. Born in New York and raised in Arizona, Lowell left college to pursue a writing career in L.A.

After grasping the basics on the craft from books, he paid his dues by working as an assistant to more accomplished writers, eventually hired to write for “The George Carlin Show.” Several other opportunities followed, such as the “The Drew Carey Show,” “Cybil,” “Sports Night,” and “Spin City” to name a few. On the feature side, Lowell wrote “John Tucker Must Die” and “Hotel For Dogs,” and wrote and directed “Over Her Dead Body.”

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