Views & Reviews Medical Classics

The Notebook

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3123
  1. Niamh Lavin, registrar, geriatric medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin
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    Cynics may put The Notebook (on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year but ignored by the Times Literary Supplement) at the point where “chick lit” meets “sick lit.” But this is to do it (and its many readers) an injustice. Its insights into dementia—the preservation of human relationships, desires, and memories—could usefully find a place in educational modules in medical humanities and care of people with dementia.

    At its heart is a simple story intertwining two main characters, illustrating how preserved love in a relationship …

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