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Time out of Mind

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1092
  1. Sabina Dosani, specialist registrar in child and adolescent psychiatry (
  1. Maudsley Hospital, London

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    Jane Lapotaire

    Virago, £16.99, pp 320 ISBN 1 86049 977 5

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    I confess a certain dread before settling down to read this book. Another celebrity falls foul of an illness and charts her decline or recovery. Almost always doctors come out of these accounts less favourably than we like to see ourselves.

    But Time out of Mind is in a league of its own. Jane Lapotaire, an eminent film and television actor and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, uses skills and techniques acquired in her job to dramatise her life since just after …

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