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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Where Has The Literary Romance of Medicine Gone?

Lots of stereotypes about doctors and medicine. At one time we had the ideals of Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey, and of course Marcus Welby and even Chad Everett in Medical Center. TV really helped galvanize our romance with the praticioner of medicine.  Then of course Came ER and the romantic blood and guts of Dr Green. They were all so popular in the conscious mind of Americans. We had so pretty cool doctor writers too through time from around the world/, way back too way back to Anton Chekhov, A.J Cronin, Robin Cook.
Of course we had the romantic view of the physician destroyed by outside forces over the last 40 years. So many loved to hate doctors that they cheer and applaud the destruction of the oh so unrealistic ideal of the doctor.
I suppose Arrowsmith, written almost 100 years ago was not too romantic of a view of a physician, of course Sinclair Lewis sure was not a physician but his Dad sure was. Think about it.
We have a lots of blood and guts medical literary works now. It seems that in this day and age most are in the mystery and crime and suspense realm. who would read a novel with a Marcus Welby character anyway?

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