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A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7414.568 (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:568
  1. Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (imcclure@vol.scot.nhs.uk)
  1. Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria

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    John Murray

    Viking, £14.99, pp 274 ISBN 0 670 91347 2

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    For anyone still looking for holiday reading and wanting to escape all things medical, this debut collection of short stories may, at first glance, not appeal. Most of them focus on a doctor as the main character, while others have medicine or medics as a brooding background presence. It is no surprise, perhaps, that all of the stories are written by a doctor. If none of these factors puts you off, you may be interested to know that this book is full of dramatic moments, insights, and images that grip, enlighten, and linger in the memory. The stories' medical subject matter reminds us of the privileged access that doctors have into the lives of others. Their achievement also makes me wonder whether being a doctor lends itself, in some unique …

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