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Humanities 2018, 7(4), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7040130

Prescribed Reading: Reflective Medical Narratives and the Rise of the Medimoir: An Interview with Adam Kay

Department of Humanities, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
Received: 19 November 2018 / Revised: 30 November 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 7 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Medical Narratives of Ill Health)
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Abstract

The 21st century has witnessed the rise of a genre of literature that has taken both the reading public and the publishing industry by storm. The ‘medimoir’—or medical memoir—is not in itself a new genre of writing, but has risen to prominence in a contemporary British context of renewed focus on public health and wellbeing, a proliferation of professional confessionals in publishing, and debates about the future of the free-at-point-of-care British National Health Service (NHS). The most prolific medimoir published to date is Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt (2017), a reflective diary that chronicles his time as a trainee gynaecologist in the NHS, and his subsequent exit from medical training in the face of growing personal and political pressures on his profession. This article contextualises and considers the rise of the medimoir, and examines why this genre of medical narrative has become such a critical, literary, and publishing success in the first two decades of the new millennium. View Full-Text
Keywords: medimoir; narrative; genre; medical; publishing; television; writing; reflective medimoir; narrative; genre; medical; publishing; television; writing; reflective
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Shaw, K. Prescribed Reading: Reflective Medical Narratives and the Rise of the Medimoir: An Interview with Adam Kay. Humanities 2018, 7, 130.

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