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BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7341.856/b (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:856
  1. Gavin Yamey (gyamey@bmj.com)
  1. deputy editor, wjm—Western Journal of Medicine

    In the past 20 years, we've seen the rise of a genre of writing in which patients recount their personal battles against illness. Jeff Aronson calls these stories “autopathographies,” and is compiling the definitive list of such tales (http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/321/7276/1599).

    If Aronson included patients' internet diaries, his list would grow exponentially. How would he begin his search? One place would be the Personal Documentary Center (http://home.earthlink.net/~hevern/diaries.html), which chronicles personal testimonies on …

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