We are surprised if the doctor, by stealing some hours from his daily avocations, attains even moderate eminence in the path of literature. - Edward Berdoe, 1883
The following list includes the names, life-dates, and nationalities of all the physician writers of whom I am aware, drawn from a variety of resources. To be included, an individual must be a physician (Doctor of Medicine or of Osteopathy in the United States, or similarly certified or accepted in countries other than the United States, or in previous eras), and must have published (not just self-published) at least one book (not just a chap book) of a "creative" nature - fiction, poetry, drama, essay. Pseudonyms are italicized, preceded or followed by real names. Each name is linked to a section of brief and informal biographical (emphasizing medical training and work) and bibliographical (including reference to background sources as well as selected works) information, but no literary criticism. The total number of authors included is of course but a fraction of all physician writers, and, in addition to encouraging interest in this neglected aspect of the literature and medicine, or medical humanities, field, one reason for publishing this list is to invite suggestions for additions to it.