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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The retrospective study, often by a physician, of the possible influence and effects of disease on the life and work of a historical personage or group.
  • n. A style of biography that overemphasizes the negative aspects of a person's life and work, such as failure, unhappiness, illness, and tragedy. "[It] falls into pathography's technique of emphasizing the sensational underside of its subject's life” ( Joyce Carol Oates).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A biography that focuses on faults, unlucky circumstances, failures, and other negative aspects of the person's life.
  • n. A biography by a physician exploring the effects a disease may have had on a person's life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A description of disease.

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