Fillers One hundred years ago

The medical profession as an example

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:835

Novelists and preachers have unrivalled opportunities for the expression of unfettered opinion, and play no small part in fixing the average point of view of the general public. Novelists as a class have, perhaps, been about equally fair and unfair to their doctors. Thackeray's Dr. Goodenough was compensation for Dr. Firmin. The hero of Bleak House, though very shadowy, is obviously a picture flattering enough. Kipling has a sympathetic sketch of an Indian …

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