Views & Reviews MEDICAL CLASSICS

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39125.611736.59 (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:371
  1. Fiona Subotsky ([email protected])

    Do doctors need split personalities? Stevenson shows how important it was for a Victorian doctor to preserve his reputation by pursuing his pleasures secretly.

    The scene is London and the fog swirls frequently. The plot unfolds in a thrilling way, by peeling off layers as characters reveal their experiences to the main narrator, Utterson, Dr Jekyll's lawyer, until the final pattern of events becomes clear.

    Jekyll is a well respected, middle aged doctor whose hobby is chemistry, carried out in a laboratory at the back of his house. He …

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