Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Dangerous, ignorant, presuming fools

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1075
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    The wickedness, to say nothing of the incompetence, of doctors has long been the subject of monographs, memoirs, and anthologies. The medical murderer is a figure of perpetual fascination and horror, and many studies, of individual cases and of the type in general, have been published.

    One of the first of the compendiums of doctors’ brushes with the law, still in print 80 years after it was first published, is Leonard B Parry’s Some Famous Medical Trials. Mr Parry was consulting surgeon to Brighton’s Hospital for Sick Children, the Hove Cripples’ Guild, and Barnardo’s Hospital for Blind Boys (and a staunch member of his local branch of the BMA); he was also the author …

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