About Medical Fiction
Medical fiction authors enhance their stories with information about specific medical procedures and practices. There are a number of types of medical fiction, including medical thrillers, medical romance, medical comedy (think: M.A.S.H.), medical historical fiction, and medical mysteries. Many writers of medical fiction work withing the medical field.
According to Wikipedia, medical fiction centers around a hospital, ambulance staff, or any medical environment. Many television shows popularized medical fiction. The Crime Scene Investigator series, and even long-running soap operas, like General Hospital, are just two. Many novels that aren’t set in or focused directly around a medical facility still fall within the subgenre of medical fiction. Some medical fiction authors use medicine as a strong plot device or involve medical professionals as the book’s main characters, so those works still fall within the realm of medical fiction.
Medical Historical Fiction
Renee Yancy, a former registered nurse, writes historical Christian fiction. She is a medical fiction author because she includes many aspects of historical medicine in her books. Many of her blog posts are tagged with “ancient medicine” because some of her novels are set in the 5th century. Other works include medical procedures used during the Civil War and World War I.
Medical fiction authors must conduct careful research. Stories can take place in ancient Ireland, on a Civil War battlefield, during the Pandemic Flu of 1918, or in a modern-day hospital. Accuracy of the writer’s details bring the stories to life in the mind and heart of the reader.
Popular Medical Fiction Authors
Some of the most famous medical fiction books include Ken Kesey’s classic, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Michael Crichton’s fame skyrocketed with his popular Jurassic Park series. But Crichton also wrote several medical novels, including The Andromeda Strain. Another popular author of medical fiction, Robin Cook, writes in the thriller subgenre.
As you can see, medical themes lie within a variety of stories. The only limitation is the imagination of medical fiction authors.