If Symptoms PersistBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1207 (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1207
- Paul Bowden
Theodore Dalrymple Andre Deutsch, pounds sterling8.99, pp 150 ISBN 0 233 98898 X
Writing under a pseudonym in his weekly column in the Spectator, Theodore Dalrymple presents a picture of a lawless world. Dr Dalrymple works at a hospital, and he makes regular prison visits. His life is threatened, and within the space of a week his car is broken into for the third time in a year, his secretary's mother is attacked, and one of his patients is robbed and beaten in two separate incidents. Responsibility for this anarchy is placed squarely on both the courts and the police, who are either stupid, lazy, or interested only in clearing their cells.
Inhabiting Dalrymple's world are an edentulous people, unable to read (with the exception …