Views & Reviews Between the Lines

A decent man

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4345 (Published 11 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4345
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    The Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands was the longest lasting of any in Europe, nearly five years, ending on the very day of the German surrender; and the islands also had a far bigger number of troops relative to the population than any other territory occupied by the Nazis, at times being nearly a quarter of the total. The initial bombardment of Jersey and Guernsey cost 44 lives, equivalent, proportionately, to about 27 000 on the mainland.

    A general practitioner with a special interest in obstetrics, John Lewis, who practised on the island throughout, wrote a memoir entitled A Doctor’s Occupation. It is not a literary masterpiece, …

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