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“Beau de Jour”—a male doctor who bought and sold sex

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 01 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5115
  1. Colin Brewer, research director of the Stapleford Centre, London SW1W 9NP
  1. brewerismo{at}

Do you remember that “Belle de Jour: Diary of a London Call Girl” stuff from a couple of years ago? Brooke Magnanti financed her paediatrics doctoral degree at Bristol through upmarket prostitution and then made even more money by writing her memoirs, first published online on the “Belle de Jour” blog—but it’s not only women who sell their bodies. Many years ago, when I worked briefly in a tropical university hospital, a senior clinician told me the following story.

When he qualified in London in the mid-1940s, homosexuality was illegal and difficult to come across in a …

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