Medicine And Books

Doctor Chekhov: a Study in Literature & Medicine

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7117.1243 (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1243
  1. Julian Tudor Hart
  1. visiting professor, Department of Primary Health Care, Royal Free Hospital, London,

    John Coope, Cross Publishing, £15, pp 159 ISBN 1 873295 21 9

    If you are looking for a Christmas present for anyone you are really fond of, secretly including yourself, you won't find better than this. The major existing biographies of Chekhov available in English are stuffed with facts, but none takes his work as a doctor seriously—as Chekhov himself most certainly did. Even the short work by V S Pritchett somehow manages to be rather dull. As John Coope shows, however, even judged simply as an exceptionally conscientious “Zemstvo” doctor trying to cope with famine, cholera, and boneheaded administrations, and then, as …

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