Reflecting on the pathography

Tod Chambers*

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This essay looks at the liminal genre of the critical pathography, a literary form that bridges the boundary between an academic analysis and an illness nar-rative. It argues that when this genre is compared to more traditional forms of analysis in the medical humanities and bioethics, the critical pathography treats its subject in a manner that is more akin to what Gabriel Marcel refers to as a mystery, something that can only be explored, than to a problem, a puzzle that can be solved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-717
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives in biology and medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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