Medical Writing Public Disclosure Creative medical writing: An oxymoron?
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Volume 27, Issue 2 - Public Disclosure

Creative medical writing: An oxymoron?

Abstract

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, creativity is “the ability to create”, and to create means “to make or bring into existence some - thing new”.1As it applies to writing, creativity is most often associated with imaginative, fictional accounts. Yet, creative nonfiction is a wellaccepted literary genre, suggesting that a text can be both factual and creative. In this essay, I contend not only that medical writing can be creative, but that it should be.

References

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