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Revista chilena de infectología

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LEDERMANN D., Walter. The doctor as a literary character in the Modern Age. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2020, vol.37, n.3, pp.304-310. ISSN 0716-1018.

The doctor has been from de Antiquity a victim of the people’s affective ambivalence, who loves and hates him accord his success or failures. Some rant against the medical guild, but are proud to be patients of one or another doctor, more o less celebrated, referring familiarly to him as Tony or Jim. A certain envy hurts the doctor’s image, countered by gratitude, but finally, as times goes by, the continuous progress of medicine has been improving the public perception about the medical work. A quick review of the Modern Age literature, personal, whimsical and may be imperfect, from Michel de Montaigne, in the sixteenth century until. A. J. Cronin in the twentieth, shows the evolution of the doctor as a literary character, first as a tricky ignorant, after like a clown, later fighting epidemics and ending as a self-sacrificing medical researcher.

Palabras clave : doctor; literary character; epidemics; medical research; Medical College.

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