Success storiesBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a877 (Published 23 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a877
- 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 …