Views & Reviews Medical classics

The Doctor Stories

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39164.453900.47 (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:699
  1. Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, Scotland ([email protected])

    William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) made his living as a doctor and his reputation as a writer. After initial training in New York he worked as a family practitioner in his home town of Rutherford, New Jersey, for 40 years, seeing—in his own estimation—a million and a half patients. His formative working life was spent during the Depression, his patients being mainly blue-collar workers and the unemployed underclass. Many were immigrants who spoke little or no English, and a chronic feature of his consultations was their struggle to pay …

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