Views & Reviews Between the lines

Exercising restraint

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1169
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    Everyone is agreed that the Swedish writer August Strindberg was a strange chap, although exactly where he fits on the Procrustean bed of modern psychiatric diagnosis is unsure. His misogyny is not yet a formal illness, though it might be made one at some time in the near future, complete with ICD (International Classification of Diseases) number; he had a variety of strange beliefs, including that he could communicate with his third wife by telepathy. He studied chemistry, at one time thought of taking up medicine as a career, and later in his life conducted alchemical experiments, particularly with sulphur (which he did not believe to be an element), and thought he could transmute base metals into gold. But the oddities notwithstanding, he …

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