Views & Reviews Medical classics

The Citadel

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39183.700949.59 (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:855
  1. Marcos Martinez Del Pero, clinical research fellow in ear, nose, and throat medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
  1. marcos{at}doctors.org.uk

    The Citadel is a semiautobiographical story about a young doctor and his journey through his medical career. A bestseller when it was first published in 1937, it was reprinted more than 12 times in its year of publication. As well as providing an insight into medicine at the time, it was influential in setting up and increasing public acceptance of the National Health Service in the years that followed.

    The novel's protagonist is Andrew Manson, a young idealistic medical graduate who chooses to work in a Welsh mining town to pay off his medical school …

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