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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Medicine

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1007
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    Theodore Dalrymple

    Duckworth, £12.95, pp 138

    ISBN 0 7516 2973 5

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    Nietzsche famously diagnosed the death of God more than 100 years ago. Nowadays, even church leaders seem to agree with his diagnosis. The trouble is that, without the consolation of religion and the hope of eternity, it becomes harder to find a meaning to life. According to Dalrymple, man's search for transcendence has degenerated into a self absorbed quest for health. Instead of praying for deliverance …

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