Medicine and Literature: The Doctor's Companion to the ClassicsBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7325.1373/a (Published 08 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1373
- John Quin, consultant physician
- Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
Radcliffe Medical Press, £17.95, pp 248
ISBN 1 85775 535 9
Attempts at defining the canon—let's be frank—appear fat and a bit dull. They are squat but worthy beasts—witness The Western Canon (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994), Harold Bloom's list of a few years ago that made frail literate souls quake with guilt at how ill read they were. That's the trouble with classicists, they are better read than you will ever be.
Given a chance to read, we …