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An inconvenient truth

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:161
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    Christa Wolf was the most famous East German writer, at least in the west. Her reputation suffered somewhat after the Berlin Wall came down from the revelation that she had informed for the Stasi, though only for a short time when she was young. She was widely regarded as an equivocal dissident, half-darling, half-opponent of the regime. One can’t help thinking of the position of medical directors of NHS trusts.

    Medicine has long been an interest of Christa Wolf’s. The heroine of her most famous book, The Quest for Christa T, dies from leukaemia. In 1984 Wolf wrote an essay entitled “Illness and Love Deprivation: Questions for Psychosomatic Medicine.” And in 1991 she gave …

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