Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Hiding and hauntings

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d515 (Published 26 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d515
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

Hans Keilson is 101 years old. For many years he practised as a psychiatrist in Amsterdam, particularly among orphans whose parents had been deported and killed—as his own had been. He qualified as a doctor in Berlin but after 1936 was forbidden to practise, because he was Jewish, and so he moved to the Netherlands. His degree was not recognised there, so he became a sports and music teacher. During the Nazi occupation he was hidden by a couple, and after the war he requalified in Holland.

He published his first novel in 1933, but it was banned in 1934. He has published a clinical study of the repeated …

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