The Blood Doctor

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1307
  1. Jeff Aronson, reader in clinical pharmacology

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    Barbara Vine

    Viking, £16.99, pp 389

    ISBN 0 670 91274 3

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    Authors use pseudonyms for many reasons. Some doctors prefer to keep their medical and literary identities distinct—consider James Bridie (O H Mavor) and Richard Gordon (Gordon Ostlere). But some authors just use different names for different genres. Ruth Rendell writes detective stories about Inspector Wexford; her alter ego Barbara Vine writes …

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