8 Medical Memoirs That Will Change Your Life

Elizabeth L. Silver, author of The Tincture of Time, recommends moving medical memoirs.

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In recent years, the memoir has been enveloped by medical narratives that have the ability to force us to question our lives and make meaning of them through our health. Our bodies belong to us, but our health is often out of our control. These eight books about medicine meander in and out of the traditional form of memoir and have the power to change your view of your body and the world.

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ELIZABETH L. SILVER is the author of the novel The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, which was published in seven languages. Her writing has been published in McSweeney’s, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Millions, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA Programme in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Silver has worked as an attorney in Texas and California and as an adjunct instructor of English literature and composition at Drexel and St. Joseph’s Universities. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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