Fillers One hundred years ago

Medicine and men of letters

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7539.475 (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:475

It is a curious fact that great writers, speaking generally, have been no lovers of the medical profession. This is doubtless the reason why doctors for the most part cut so sorry a figure in literature. Scribes of all sorts take a special pleasure in girding at them. Shakespeare, indeed, used them gently, as though he loved them. Although the medicine of …

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