The Doctor's DilemmaBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39293.518796.59 (Published 02 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:263
- Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, Murray Royal Hospital, Perth
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish dramatist, arts critic, socialist thinker, and winner of the Nobel prize for Literature in 1925, had a bit of a problem with doctors. By the turn of the 20th century he had formed the opinion that the medical profession was in a terminal state, requiring urgent and heroic intervention. Shaw, one of the greatest British dramatists since Shakespeare, was quite happy to make the first of several subsequent incisions.
As a founding member of the Fabian movement in 1884, Shaw had set out to transform society by means of a “permeation” (to quote his fellow socialist pioneer Sidney …