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Medicine through the novel: Lying Awake
  1. W Glannon
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor Walter Glannon PhD
 Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z1, Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, 4500 Oak Street, K4-218, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3N1;


Narrative fiction can engage readers in generating imaginative recreations of the inner worlds of doctors and patients, which are largely inaccessible through typical clinical case analysis. Fiction about medicine can yield insight into patients’ subjective experience of illness and can highlight the need for an empathetic response from doctors to patients affected by illness. Mark Salzman’s novel, Lying Awake, invites us to reflect on social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of neurological illness in particular and of the doctor/patient relationship in general.

  • CT, computerised tomography
  • EEG, electroencephalography
  • Doctor/patient relationship
  • epilepsy
  • mystical experience
  • neurology
  • religiosity
  • self

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