Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Doing the books

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2806 (Published 15 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2806
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    The stage of life at which I desired more possessions is, thank goodness, now long past. On the whole I am content to be rather than to have—with one notable exception.

    Antiquarian booksellers now send me their catalogues through the post, and last week I received two such. One was a joint production of two Parisian dealers and was itself a book of rare beauty. As soon as I opened it I realised that I had wasted my life completely and should have spent it in the singleminded pursuit of money so that I could have bought these wonderful medical books of the 15th and 16th centuries.

    For example, there was Magnus Hundt’s Anthropologium de Hominis Dignitate, Natura …

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