Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Success stories

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 23 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a877
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    In literature, if not in life itself, a person who is a failure is a more interesting character than one who is a success; and those who are without moments of self doubt are likely to be terrible, one dimensional bores. No success can, or perhaps should, ever quite assuage our existential anxieties. As a famous medical student, John Keats, once put it:

    Ay, in the very temple of delight

    Veil’d Melancholy has her sovran shrine.

    Sir Henry Harris (born 1925), one of the pre-eminent medical researchers of the second half of the last century and regius professor of medicine at Oxford University, has written a collection …

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