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BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1458
  1. John Quin, consultant physician (
  1. Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

    Philip Roth suggested in a recent Guardian interview that perhaps critics should be shot. Being taken out by the big man would make a fine opening line in a BMJ obituary, but most reviewers would, I suspect, still favour one of the more predictable cardiovascular ways to check out. Roth's new tale about death and dying highlights many such exits. Initially entitled The Medical History, the book bears a close resemblance to the practised precis delivered repeatedly by the team …

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