Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Doctors of one kind or another have often been portrayed in many ways through fictional literature over the years, including the evil doctor, the mad scientist, the quack and the idealistic doc. Whether good or evil, stories about medical practitioners have always grabbed the attention of the reader.

Doctors often appear as supporting characters - such as Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes, Ian Fleming's Dr. No who battles James Bond for world domination and Dr. Van Helsing, the doc in Bram Stoker's Dracula who helps to track down the bloodthirsty vampire - but many authors have used doctors as their main character to provide insight into the way doctors operate.

From Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde to H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau to the classic Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, make an appointment with these doctors and more.

Evil Doctors in Literature

The Boys From Brazil by Ira Levin

The Boys From Brazil
Ira Levin

The Angel of Death Dr. Mengele is fictionalized in this tale of a young Nazi hunter tracking down a group of SS officers.

Dr No. by Ian Fleming

Dr. No
Ian Fleming

Bond discovers Dr. No is out for world domination and plots to unleash his vengeance on the United States of America.

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau
H.G. Wells

Dr. Moreau, a vivisectionist, runs genetic experiments, using grafting techniques to fuse the native animals into parodies of human beings.

Silent of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris

Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, helps a FBI agent catch another serial killer.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson

Jekyll experiments with a drug that splits his personality into good and evil and gradually slips into the guise of the depraved Hyde.

The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer

The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu
Sax Rohmer

Fu-Manchu, a master poisoner and chemist, captures engineers from Europe to take back to China for some larger criminal purpose.

Monster by Frank Peretti

Frank Peretti

Dr. Adam Burkhardt, mutilates a chimpanzee to the point where it grows into a bigfoot-like creature, after which it escapes and kills several people.

Dr. Nilola by Guy Boothby

Dr. Nikola
Guy Boothby

Dr. Niloa is an occultist anti-hero who seeks immortality and world domination.

Old House of Fear by Russell Kirk

Old House of Fear
Russell Kirk

An island for sale is controlled by a madman named Dr. Edmund Jackman who attempts to use an old lady's money for evil ends.

Jack the Ripper by Stuart James

Jack the Ripper
Stuart James

Some theories suggest that Jack the Ripper was a doctor who killed five prostitues to exact revenge.

Good Doctors in Literature

The Doctor is Sick by Anthony Burgess

The Doctor is Sick
Anthony Burgess

A doctor with a brain ailment is confined to a neurological ward while being entertained by his wife's friends.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker

Dr. Van Helsing is called in by former student, Dr. John Seward, to help patient Lucy Westenra and to eventually hunt down Dracula.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

The doctor is called into diagnose Lady Macbeth's condition but is scared to tell Macbeth for fear of his wrath.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Conan Arthur Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holmes' assistant and flatmate and is the narrator of all but four Sherlock Holmes stories.

The Story of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

The Story of Dr. Dolittle
Hugh Lofting

The eccentric Dr. Dolittle masters animal language with the help of his parrot and finds his calling in practicing animal medicine.

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago
Boris Pasternak

The epic romance between Yuri Zhivago and Lara during the Russian Revolution.

Dr. Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Dr. Thorne
Anthony Trollope

A good doctor who brings up the bastard daughter of his dead brother as his own.

Saturday by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

A neurosurgeon is accosted by a psychopath and then proceeds to save the psychopath's life.

Cider House Rules by John Irving

Cider House Rules
John Irving

A saintly doctor, Dr. Wilbur Larch, directs an orphanage and trains his favorite orphan Wilbur as an obstetrician.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger
Sarah Waters

A country doctor with humble beginnings treats members of the family that lives in Hundreds Hall, an 18th century estate.

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