Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Christ Stopped at Eboli

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 30 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3420
  1. Birte Twisselmann, web editor, BMJ
  1. btwisselmann{at}

    Born in Turin, the doctor, artist, and writer Carlo Levi was exiled to the arid Basilicata region in southern Italy in 1935 after being arrested in connection with his political activism. His memoir of the year he spent there, Christ Stopped at Eboli, written while he was in hiding in Florence eight years later, introduces readers to a world that is more than just geographically remote from the affluent, cultured north of Italy.

    Ostensibly banished to the area to paint, Levi reflects repeatedly on the public health aspects of Italy’s great north-south divide and cannot help being drawn into practising medicine—while being regarded as something of a sorcerer by …

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