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Writing about the experience of illness and suffering is certainly not a new phenomenon. For centuries, physicians and healers have taken their thoughts to pen and paper to help humanize the medical field. What were the important points in the history of medical writing (I refrain from calling it "narrative medicine" here as the term itself was coined more recently), and who were some of the important figures whose work you have read and/or who have influenced you?