John Wiltshire, Frances Burney and the doctors: Patient narratives, then and now (United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2019)


This review essay examines the emergence of the patient narrative or “pathography” in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century in relation to the great cultural, epistemological, and ethical transformations that enabled the formation of modern medicine. John Wiltshire’s book provides an historical overview of this complex process, as well as laying the basis for a contemporary critique of some of its key assumptions.

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Komesaroff, P.A. John Wiltshire, Frances Burney and the doctors: Patient narratives, then and now (United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2019). Bioethical Inquiry 17, 449–453 (2020).

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  • Pathography
  • Patient narrative
  • Microethics
  • Patient-centred medicine