Views & Reviews Medical Classics

A Cure for Serpents

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:161
  1. Christopher Timmis, general practitioner, Pinner, London
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    This charming book by Alberto Denti (who later became the Duke of Pirajno), an Italian who went to north Africa as a doctor in 1924 and stayed for 18 years, is a collection of stories, mostly about his patients. He later worked as an administrator and eventually became the governor of Tripoli, handing the town to General Montgomery in 1943.

    In 1924 Libya was an Italian colony, and Dr Denti was attached to a military force led by the Duke of Aosta. His duties included the care of soldiers’ families …

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