An impossible womanBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1808 (Published 05 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1808
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
Books can sometimes ambush your deeply buried memories (pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral, as the case may be) suddenly and unexpectedly, jolting them to the forefront of your mind. This happened to me when I read An Impossible Woman: The Memories of Dottoressa Moor, edited by Graham Greene and published in 1975.
The grandson of the protagonist of the memories was with her in a shoe shop in Zurich when he was electrocuted to death by an x ray machine into which he had put his feet to see how they fitted into his new shoes. I remember putting my feet into those machines too as a child. No …