There are a striking number of physicians among writers. Does working as a doctor provide inspiration and material for poetic production, while writing strengthens medical empathy? Do medicine and literature thus form a perfect symbiosis?
Arthur Conan Doyle began writing to supplement his meager income as a doctor. His stories about Sherlock Holmes actually made him a rich man. However, it was hardly ever pecuniary reasons that made doctors take up the pen: both writers and doctors are experts in human suffering. Gottfried Benn, Alfred Döblin, Anton Chekhov, and others were both experts in writing literature and treating the sick. In our time, Melitta Breznik is perhaps the best-known writer who combines both professions. Is there a kinship between practicing and writing? What connects a doctor and a writer?
Be seduced during the lunch break: Martina Kuoni presents a book, a personality or an incident from the Grisons literary world - stimulating, entertaining and informative. Classics and forgotten authors, book trouvailles and special locations, rebellious female writers and sensitive word artists - the literary Graubünden is rich and dazzling. There is much to discover.
Photo: Gottfried Benn, doctor and writer, author unknown
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