Bitter Blue: Tranquillizers, Drugs, Dependency

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1173 (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1173
  1. Ed Walker

    Jeremy Reed Peter Owen, £15.99, pp 136 ISBN 0 7206 0892 9

    Achallenge worthy of the Krypton Factor: write a review of an unreadable book. I'd rather do the assault course in a frock. Of course I have read the book—I just haven't Read it. I tried, but Bitter Blue is such an intensely personal account of benzodiazepine addiction and withdrawal that I felt uncomfortably voyeuristic as soon as I got past the preface.

    When still a fresh-but-spotty-faced student in Sheffield, I heard our professor of medicine explaining the intricacies of benzodiazepine treatment to us in his soft, clipped Edinburgh tones, in front of a patient.

    “So you see, …

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