Fiction Featuring Health and Illness Issues

See also: Fiction about Disabilities

Literature, Arts and Medicine Database (New York University): Extensive database of literary works relevant to health and medicine issues. Start here for a browsable list of annotated works with on-line texts. You can also search for literature by health-related keyword.

Medical Fiction Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 18 novels about medicine and disease, from Ann Benson's The Plague Tales to Rafael Yglesias' Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil, followed by a list of author and title only for favourite medical suspense novels. Updated June 2007.

Body, Mind, and Health (Auburn Hills Public Library, MI): Fictional stories about body, mind and health. Author and title only for about 105 novels, from Peter Abrahams' Oblivion to Paul Theroux's Blinding Light. Updated May 2006.

Hospitals and Medical Fiction (Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, CT): 2-page PDF. Author, title, and publication year for general fiction, mysteries, crime in a hospital setting, horror, science fiction, historical fiction, Christian fiction, and romance fiction. About 50 books in all. Compiled Dec. 2006.

Favorite Literature and Medicine Readings (Maine Humanities Council): List of fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry readings concerning health issues. For longer bibliography, you have to register online.

Booklist: Confronting Cancer (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Adult fiction about cancer, with author, title, and webcat link for more than 15 books, from Alden R. Carter's Sheila's Dying to Helen Yglesias's How She Died.

Fiction Dealing with Illness (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Authors and titles only (no summaries) for fiction titles organised by illness: Cancer, AIDS, Anorexia, Mental Illness, Other Illnesses. Over 60 titles in all.

AIDS Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 10 fiction and 8 non-fiction titles about AIDS. Updated June 2007.

Autism in Fiction (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only (no summaries) for about 25 novels featuring autistic people and autism, from A Wild Ride up the Cupboards by Ann Bauer to Broken as Things Are by Martha Witt. Compiled March 2008.

Breast Cancer Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 4 fiction and 6 non-fiction titles about breast cancer, plus 2 books for kids. Updated June 2007.

Hospice Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 8 books (4 fiction, 4 non-fiction) about end-of-life care experience. Updated June 2007.

Grieving (State Library of Tasmania): Fiction about grief and loss. Provides author and title for about 15 books, from Elizabeth Berg's Talk before sleep to Edith Wharton's The House of mirth.

Aging and Death (Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Ontario): Author, title, webcat link, brief summary for 30 fiction titles, from A death in the family by James Agee to Swamp angel by Ethel Wilson.

Influenza Stars (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 9 fiction titles, from The First Horseman by John Case to London by Edward Rutherfurd, and 2 non-fiction titles about the flu. Updated June 2007.

Ten of the best: cases of seasickness in literature (The Guardian): John Mullan lists the 10 best cases of seasickness in literature, and describes them slightly, including Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Compiled Feb. 2011.

Amnesia Stars (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 7 fiction titles about amnesia memory loss. Updated March 2007.

Nip Tuck -- Plastic Surgery Stars (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 15 fiction and 4 non-fiction titles about plastic surgery. Updated June 2007.

Epilepsy Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 5 fiction titles, 3 titles for kids, and 3 non-fiction titles about epilepsy. Updated June 2007.

Leprosy/Hansen's Disease Booklist (Overbooked): Author, title, publication info, summaries for 7 fiction titles and 1 non-fiction title about leprosy (now called Hansen's Disease), plus 1 book for younger readers. Updated June 2007.