Medicine And Books

If You Came this Way

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:451
  1. J Genovese Barbara, research assistant
  1. RAND, Health Sciences Program, Santa Monica, USA

    Peter Davis John Wiley and Sons, £15.95, pp 199 ISBN 0 471 11074 4

    The poor make us feel guilty, both for their plight and for our own good fortune. Peter Davis's response was to record this plight and the feelings it provoked in him. The result is a heartbreaking odyssey into the shattered American dream. The landscape is stark and begins, like Shakespeare's seven ages of man, with the children. The names and the geography change, but the situations remain the same. After a while, numbers are meaningless and numbing: “Five and a half million …

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