Illness Narrative/Pathography

Art Film Literature Theater


Hodler, Ferdinand     The Dying Valentine Godé-Darel
Kashi, Ed     Aging in America
Pope, Robert     Illness and Healing: Images of Cancer
Spence, Jo     Jo Spence Archive
Winokur, Julie     Aging in America


    The Body Beautiful
    Common Threads
    Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
    A Dangerous Method
    Death on Request
    Dialogues with Madwomen
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
    Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine
    The Odds of Recovery
    Opera Therapy
    Out of the Shadow
    Singing Myself a Lullaby
    Waltz with Bashir


Alexander, Sally Hobart     Taking Hold: My Journey into Blindness
Allende, Isabel     Paula
Andrews, Tom     Codeine Diary: A Memoir
Ansay, A. Manette     Limbo: A Memoir
Armstrong, Campbell     I Hope You Have a Good Life
Armstrong, Lance     Every Second Counts
    It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
Author 2, Unknown     The Book of Job
B., David     Epileptic
Bailey, Elisabeth Tova     The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Barber, Charles     Songs from the Black Chair
Bauby, Jean-Dominique     The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Beauvoir, Simone de     A Very Easy Death
Berger, Suzanne E.     Horizontal Woman
Berlin, R. M., ed.     Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment and the Creative Process
Biro, David     One Hundred Days: My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient
Blew, Mary Clearman     Balsamroot
Bolton, Gillie     The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself
Brabner, Joyce     Our Cancer Year
Breast Cancer Fund, American Cancer Society     Art. Rage. Us.: Art and Writing by Women with Breast Cancer
Breslin, Rosemary     Not Exactly What I Had in Mind
Brodkey, Harold     Dying: An Update
    This Wild Darkness
Broyard, Anatole     Intoxicated by My Illness and Other Writings on Life and Death
Burack-Weiss, Ann     The Caregiver's Tale: Loss and Renewal in Memoirs of Family Life
Burney, Fanny     A Mastectomy: Letter to Esther Burney
Burroughs, Augusten     Dry
Butler, Sandra     Cancer in Two Voices
Caldwell, Janis McLarren     Literature and Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Britain: from Mary Shelley to George Eliot
Campo, Rafael     The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry
    What the Body Told
Carmichael, A. G. & Ratzan, Richard M., eds.     Medicine: A Treasury of Art and Literature
Casey, Nell, ed.     Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression
Charon, Rita     Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness
    To Render the Lives of Patients
Clendinen, Dudley     A Place Called Canterbury: Tales of the New Old Age in America
Couser, G. Thomas     Recovering Bodies: Illness, Disability, and Life Writing
Cousins, Norman     Anatomy of an Illness (As Perceived by the Patient)
Crandall, Rob Crandall, Walter H.     Borders of Time: Life in a Nursing Home
Cromer, Janet M.     Professor Cromer Learns to Read
Culkin, Jennifer     A Final Arc of Sky: a Memoir of Critical Care
Cumming, Deborah     Recovering from Mortality
DasGupta, S., & Hurst, M., eds.     Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies
Daudet, Alphonse     In the Land of Pain
Davis, Heather Choate     Baptism by Fire
DeBaggio, Thomas     Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's
Delury, George E.     But What if She Wants to Die? A Husband's Diary
DeQuincey, Thomas     Confessions of an English Opium Eater
DeSalvo, Louise     Breathless: An Asthma Journal
Diedrich, Lisa     Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness
Donley, C. & Buckley, S., eds.     What's Normal? Narratives of Mental and Emotional Disorders
Donne, John     Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
Downie, R. S. (Robert Silcock), ed.     The Healing Arts
Dreuilhe, Alain Emmanuel     Mortal Embrace
Dubus, Andre     Meditations from a Movable Chair
Dyer, Joyce     In a Tangled Wood
Ehrenreich, Barbara     Welcome to Cancerland
Engel, Howard     Memory Book: A Benny Cooperman Mystery
Enright, D. J., ed.     Ill at Ease: Writers on Ailments Real and Imagined
Fadiman, Anne     The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Finger, Anne     Past Due: A Story of Disability, Pregnancy and Birth
Foster, P. & Swander, M., eds.     The Healing Circle: Authors Writing of Recovery
    The Healing Circle: Authors Writing of Recovery
Frank, Arthur W.     The Wounded Storyteller
Fraser, Gregory     Strange Pieta
Fraser, Sylvia     My Father's House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing
Frey, James     A Million Little Pieces
Frick, Marlena     All the Days of His Dying
Fries, Kenny     The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory
Geller, J. L. & Harris, M., eds.     Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945
Ginsberg, Allen     Kaddish
Goldstein, Melissa Anne     Travels with the Wolf
Gosse, Edmund     Father and Son
Gottlieb, Lori     Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self
Graboys, Thomas     Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia
Gray, Spalding     Gray's Anatomy
Grealy, Lucy     Autobiography of a Face
Greenberg, Michael     Hurry Down Sunshine
Grinker, Roy Richard     Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism
Hacker, Marilyn     Cancer Winter
    Migraine Sonnets
Haddaway, Richard     A Little Something
Hall, Donald     Life Work
Handler, Evan     Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors
Handler, Jessica     Invisible Sisters: A Memoir
Hawking, Stephen     Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays
Hawkins, Anne Hunsaker     Reconstructing Illness: Studies in Pathography
    A Small, Good Thing: Stories of Children with HIV and Those Who Care for Them
Helman, C., ed.     Doctors and Patients: An Anthology
Henderson, Cary Smith     Partial View: An Alzheimer's Journal
Henley, William Ernest     In Hospital
Herwaldt, Loreen     Patient Listening: A Doctor's Guide
Heymann, Jody     Equal Partners
Hoagland, Tony     Emigration
Hoffman, Amy     Hospital Time
Hornbacher, Marya     Madness
    Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
Hunter, Kathryn Montgomery     Doctors' Stories: The Narrative Structure of Medical Knowledge
Husson, Thérèse-Adèle     Reflections: The Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Post-Revolutionary France
Hutner, Elizabeth Hall     Life with Sam
James, Thomas     Letters to a Stranger
Jamison, Kay Redfield     Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
    An Unquiet Mind
Johnson, Harriet McBryde     Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life
Jurecic, Ann     Illness as Narrative
Kaysen, Susanna     Girl, Interrupted
Kirklin, D. & Richardson, R., eds.     Medical Humanities: A Practical Introduction
Kirschner, Elizabeth     My Life as a Doll
Knapp, Caroline     Drinking: A Love Story
Kumin, Maxine     Inside the Halo and Beyond
Lahiri, Jhumpa     Unaccustomed Earth
Lang, James M.     Learning Sickness
Lerner, Barron H.     The Breast Cancer Wars
Lesser, Rika     All We Need of Hell
Linton, Simi     My Body Politic
Lord, Catherine     The Summer of Her Baldness
Lorde, Audre     The Cancer Journals
Mairs, Nancy     On Being a Cripple
    A Troubled Guest: Life and Death Stories
Malcolm, Andrew H.     This Far and No More
Manning, Margaret     Undercurrents: A Therapist's Reckoning with Her Own Depression
Marchetto, Marisa Acocella     Cancer Vixen
McCann, Richard     The Resurrectionist
McClatchy, J. D. (Joseph Donald, Jr.)     My Mammogram
McConkey, James     To a Distant Island
McEntyre, Marilyn     Patient Poets: Illness From Inside Out
Middlebrook, Christina     Seeing the Crab: A Memoir of Dying
Mokeddem, Malika     The Forbidden Woman
Mullan, F., Ficklen, E. & Rubin, K., eds.     Narrative Matters: The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy
Murphy, Robert F.     The Body Silent
Murray, Les     Travels with John Hunter
Myers, K. R. & Schweizer, H., eds.     The Patient
Myers, K. R., ed.     Illness in the Academy: A Collection of Pathographies by Academics
Nadler, Spencer     The Language of Cells: Life as Seen Under the Microscope
Neumayr, Anton     Music and Medicine: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert
Newborn, Barbara     Return to Ithaca
Nielsen, Jerri     Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole
Nisker, Jeffrey A.     Orchids
Nolan, Christopher     Under the Eye of the Clock
    Under the Eye of the Clock
Norris, Kathleen     Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
North, Carol S.     Welcome Silence: My Triumph Over Schizophrenia
Oshinsky, David M.     Polio: An American Story
Osteen, M., ed.     Autism and Representation
Ostriker, Alicia Suskin     The Mastectomy Poems
Pekar, Harvey     Our Cancer Year
Pensack, Robert     Raising Lazarus
Peterson, Margaret Kim     Sing Me to Heaven: The Story of a Marriage
Phelan, Peggy     To Suffer a Sea Change
Picardie, Ruth     Before I Say Goodbye
Pope, Robert     Illness and Healing: Images of Cancer
Poulson, Jane     The Doctor Will Not See You Now
Powley, Elaine     The Arts in Medical Education: A Practical Guide
Price, Jill     The Woman Who Can't Forget
Price, Reynolds     A Whole New Life
Prince-Hughes, Dawn     Songs of the Gorilla Nation
Ramondetta, Lois     The Light Within: The Extraordinary Friendship of a Doctor and Patient Brought Together by Cancer
Rasebotsa, N., Samuelson, M. & Thomas, K., eds.     Nobody Ever Said AIDS: Poems and Stories from Southern Africa
Raz, H., ed.     Living on the Margins: Women Writers on Breast Cancer
Reiss, Benjamin     Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture
Remen, Rachel Naomi     Kitchen Table Wisdom
Rhett, K., ed.     Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis
Rivard, Ken     Bottle Talk
Rollin, Betty     First, You Cry, excerpt from
Roney, Lisa     Sweet Invisible Body: Reflections on a Life with Diabetes
Rosenblum, Barbara     Cancer in Two Voices
Roth, Philip     Patrimony, A True Story
Rowe, Michael     The Book of Jesse: A Story of Youth, Illness, and Medicine.
Rudd, A. & Taylor, D., eds.     Positive Women: Voices of Women Living with AIDS
Sachs, Albie     The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter
Sacks, Oliver     A Leg to Stand On
    Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Saltzman, Joan     Mr. Right and My Left Kidney
Shapiro, Alan     Vigil
Shapiro, Dan     Mom's Marijuana
Shapshay, S., ed.     Bioethics at the Movies
Shawn, Allen     Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life
Sheed, Wilfrid     In Love with Daylight: A Memoir of Recovery
Shin, Nan     Diary of a Zen Nun: Every Day Living
Shumaker, Peggy     Just Breathe Normally
Simmons, Philip     Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life
Skloot, Floyd     In the Shadow of Memory
    The Night-Side
    A World of Light
Slater, Lauren     Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir
    Prozac Diary
    Welcome to My Country
Small, David     Stitches
Sophocles,     Philoctetes
Spann, C. & Haag, J., eds.     Blood on the Page: Collected Writings of Sutterwriters
Stewart, Linda McK.     25 Months: A Memoir
Studer, Constance     Body Language
Styron, William     Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
Swander, Mary     The Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles
Sweet, Victoria     God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
Taylor, Jill Bolte     My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
Tayman, John     The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai
Thilliez, Franck     Syndrome E
Tischler, Victoria, ed.     Mental Health, Psychiatry and the Arts: A Teaching Handbook
Tougaw, Jason Daniel     Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel
Trillin, Alice Stewart     Of Dragons and Garden Peas: A Cancer Patient Talks to Doctors
Tsypkin, Leonid     Summer in Baden-Baden
Tucker, Neely     Love in the Driest Season
Updike, John     Endpoint and Other Poems
Vernon, John     A Book of Reasons
Wadler, Joyce     My Breast
Wagner, Pamela Spiro     We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders
Watts, H. David     The Orange Wire Problem and Other Tales from the Doctor's Office
Weinberger, Florence     Carnal Fragrance
Weisman, Jamie     As I Live and Breathe
Wendell, Susan     The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability
Wexler, Alice     Mapping Fate: A Memoir of Family, Risk, and Genetic Research
Wiesel, Elie     Open Heart
Williams, Donna     Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic
Williams, Terry Tempest     Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Winawer, Sidney J.     Healing Lessons
Woodruff, Lee     In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing
Wurtzel, Elizabeth     Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America


Middleton, Clark Powell, Michael Warren     Miracle Mile