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Michael Crichton

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 12 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2517
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne

    Doctor, novelist, and film maker, author of The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, and at least 20 other books, and creator of the television series ER

    Medicine was a starting point for Michael Crichton. He used his lifelong interest in medicine and science, and his curiosity, to become one of the most successful authors and creators of all time.

    More than 150 million copies of his books have been published in 36 languages. His annual income was estimated at between $20m (£13m; €16m) and $100m.

    Crichton published novels, non-fiction books, and two screenplays. He wrote, directed, or coproduced 13 films that were based on his books. He created the long running television series ER. Two of his works were turned into computer games.

    Steven Spielberg, his friend and the director of the film Jurassic Park, said, “Michael’s talent outscaled even his own dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. He was the greatest at blending science with big theatrical concepts, which is what gave credibility to dinosaurs again walking the earth.”

    The television series ER was originally planned as a film, but Crichton put the project aside to …

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