Pictures from the pastBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7550.1133-a (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1133
- Fred Charatan (firstname.lastname@example.org), retired geriatric physician
Recently I came across a small illustrated book, Jewish Life in Canada, published in 1976 by the artist William Kurelek and coauthor Abraham Arnold. An unusual name, Kurelek, stirred an old memory.
In 1953 I was working as a senior registrar at the Maudsley Hospital in London. One day, a young man aged 26 came to the hospital's front door depressed, dishevelled, and disorganised, and in obvious need of psychiatric care. The patient was assigned to me, and his history soon emerged.
He was of Ukrainian heritage, raised on a Canadian farm, …