Modern loveBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39526.665579.59 (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:725
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
When I was a senior house officer, in those happy, distant days before the Reform of the Reorganisation of the Reform of the Reorganisation of the Reform of the Reorganization of the NHS, I had a colleague who, in her spare time, wrote hospital romances. She produced four of them a year under a pseudonym that she would not reveal to the rest of us, and was reputed by this means to earn £15 000 a year, which was a small fortune at the time.
The genre was as tightly controlled by the publishers as Glavlit controlled Soviet literature. There were things that couldn’t be said, and (far worse for an author) things that had to …