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My Own Country

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6962.1169 (Published 29 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1169
  1. P Rowland

    My Own Country

    Abraham Verghese Simon and Schuster, $23, pp 347 ISBN 0-671-78514-1

    My Own Country

    Phoenix House, £ 15.99 ISBN 1-89758026-6

    The son of expatriate Indians who settled in Ethiopia, Abraham Verghese became an infectious disease specialist and settled in Tennessee, deep in the rural bible belt of America; then he gradually became more and more involved in the care of people with AIDS. AIDS soon absorbed him totally - his time, his skill, and his emotional life, threatening his marriage and making him become more and more of an outsider to his peer group. The result is My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and its People in the Age of AIDS.

    With a few notable exceptions, such as Conan Doyle and Somerset Maugham, doctors do not …

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