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Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Vicious circles

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3152
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

I mean no disrespect to the current general practitioners of Reading when I say that I doubt that many among them could equal the literary productivity or versatility of Dr Jamieson Boyd Hurry (1857-1930). He was their predecessor as a GP in that town for about 30 years, during and after which he was the author of many works, some of them of European renown.

He was a respected local antiquarian and historian. He wrote several studies of Reading Abbey, and one on the earliest manuscript of English secular music, Sumer is Icumen in, which was produced in Reading Abbey and is now in the British Library. I think it likely that his A …

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