The Strange Case of Dr Simmonds and Dr Glas

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:499
  1. Claire McKenna, third year medical student
  1. Queen's University, Belfast, and former BMJ Clegg scholar

    Dannie Abse

    Robson Books, £14.95, pp 195

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    ISBN 1 86105 504 8

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    The novel, which explores the themes of unrequited love, loneliness, unfulfilled potential, and the central tenets …

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