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Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Tea with Walter de la Mare

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 24 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1728
  1. Martin Eastwood, retired consultant gastroenterologist, North Queensferry, Fife
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    When I was preparing for the membership examination I had a passing contact with Russell Brain’s textbook Diseases of the Nervous System. I was ignorant of the man’s intellect and his varied interests. Brain followed a variety of intellectual pursuits in addition to medicine in all of its facets, including reading and writing poetry. He was curious about the relation between mind and body. He wrote that the receptive function of the brain is to provide us with a symbolic representation of the world outside it. He read widely and came across Walter de la Mare’s book Pleasures and Speculations, which included …

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