Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Doctor-Writer

A number of fiction books I've read recently are by lawyers-turned-into-novelists. This leads me to the non-scientific and subject-biased conclusion that it is common for lawyers to become fiction writers (not that there is much difference with legal writing--the fictional part, that is). I'll call this the lawyer-writer syndrome.

Now, there is another condition known as the doctor-writer syndrome very prevalent among medical writers. In these cases, being a physician is a great advantage for reasons I explain in Physician Career Change and Physician Career Expansion.

Some doctors are even able to go beyond the corporate careers in medical writing and become expert authors themselves--for example, writing books on current health topics for major publishers.

If you are interested in this path, there is a nice little piece of advice on David Hellerstein's site.

Thanks for reading!

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You look too young to know this author's fiction writings, however, perhaps...? Anyway, I am seeking the name of an author who trained and practiced as a medical doctor before turning to fiction writing. He wrote a fictional book about a man who was driven to anonymously make donations to deserving people he meets, and this book was also made into a moving picture, perhaps in the '40s....would you know the name of this author/doctor from this description? The theme of the book impressed me greatly, and I would like for my grandchildren the read it. Thanks for any help.

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