Views & Reviews Between the Lines

A healthy island

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3339 (Published 01 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3339
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

The first tourist guidebook to the island of Sark, as far as I know, was written by a doctor, G W James, in 1845. The guidebook is understandably short, the island being so small; but the author, being a doctor, devotes an eighth of it (14 pages) to medical matters.

Sark, on the face of it, was not an exciting place to visit: “To those whose minds are only kept in motion by the aid of others, or by the attractions of the billiard-table and news room, Sark might, after a cursory view, prove a source of ennui.”

But Dr James offered some reassurance to nervous visitors to so remote a destination: “It may here be …

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