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Fictional father?: Oliver Sacks and the revalidation of pathography
  1. Andrew John Hull
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew John Hull, Department of Inter-Professional Studies, Centre for Philosophy, History & Law in Healthcare, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Vivian Tower, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK; a.j.hull{at}


This paper is a revalidation of Oliver Sacks's role in the development of medicine's narrative turn and, as such, a reinterpretation of the history of narrative in medicine. It suggests that, from the late 1960s, Sacks pioneered in his ‘Romantic Science’ a new medical mode that reunited the seemingly incommensurable art and science of medicine while also offering a way for medical humanities to shape clinical reasoning more effectively.

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