Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Doctor in the House

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39091.730000.59 (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:159
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds J.O.Drife@leeds.ac.uk

    Everyone has heard of Doctor in the House. It has been a film, a play, and a television series, but it started as a novel by “Richard Gordon,” the pseudonym of a BMJ assistant editor. The book, published in 1952, has acquired the reputation of being a collection of old medical jokes. It is in fact a picture of medical student life in London in the late 1940s—comical, yes, but also full of what one reviewer called “shrewd, sympathetic understanding.”

    It was the …

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