Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Doctor Glas

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 10 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b476
  1. Mahmood Bhutta, research fellow, Nuffield Department of Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  1. m.bhutta{at}

    Hjalmar Söderberg was already well established and a respected author in Sweden when Doctor Glas was first published. But the novel contained challenging moral views on religion, euthanasia, and abortion, leading to the book’s condemnation and to the author being vilified in literary circles.

    Today the book is regarded as Söderberg’s masterpiece and a classic of Scandinavian literature. A new edition published in 2002 means that it is once more available in English. It is the story of Doctor Tyko Gabriel Glas, who has a modest family …

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