From Clinician to Creative Writer...

From Clinician to Creative Writer...

Jason Karlawish had a secret. For years, he kept it from his family, his friends, and his closest colleagues. When the truth came out, many were impressed, some were skeptical, but few were surprised: Dr. Karlawish, a geriatrician and professor of medicine and medical ethics, had become a novelist. And as of this fall, he is a published author on a book tour.

While medicine has been his profession for many years, Dr. Karlawish actually has been a fiction writer for much longer. “I was writing stories as a kid. When I was 7, I tried to write a novel called ‘The Seven Cities of Death.’ The idea that I would publish a novel someday was always out there,” he said.

You can read the rest of this story about Jason Karlawish and the process of writing Open Wound, and his reflections on the role of narrative in medicine at Caring for the Ages.