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Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Hons and Rebels

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 27 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4675
  1. Stuart Handysides, general practitioner, Buntingford, Hertfordshire
  1. stuart_handysides{at}

Jessica Mitford might have been surprised to learn that her memoir, Hons and Rebels, was being dubbed a “medical classic.” The book, first published half a century ago, describes the life of her large (she was one of seven children), eccentric, aristocratic family in the years between the first and second world wars. The Mitford family spawned Nancy, a novelist who chronicled the so called Bright Young People of the inter-war period; Diana, wife of British fascist Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who was infatuated with Hitler; Deborah, the current Duchess of Devonshire; and Jessica herself, …

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