Definition: 108 Poetry and Science

Doctor DeLoca and Daughter

Doctor DeLoca and Daughter

Anton Chekhov considered himself a doctor foremost and a writer by hobby.

There are a great number of medical doctors who also wrote fiction and poetry, among them 19th-century American poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Seymour Bridges, who is the only physician to have been Poet Laureate of England.

American writer Walker Percy was a medical doctor, and Michael Crichton completed medical school before he became a full-time writer.

Doctor Arturo Vivante wrote more than 70 stories for The New Yorker magazine.

Mystery writer Robin Cook is a physician and author of the best-selling thrillers Coma (1977) and Mutation (1989).

Dr. Abraham Verghese took a break from hospitals to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the early 1990s; he returned to medicine and now teaches and practices at Stanford, where he has a secret unmarked writing office on campus.


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