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The Policeman and the Brothel

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7835
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

Every author, I suppose, is familiar with the experience of realising the mistakes he has made the very moment that what he has written has been committed irrevocably to print. And this was so with a book of mine published this year titled The Policeman and the Brothel. I had overlooked something that should have been obvious to me, at least as a possibility.

My wife, who is a doctor, was doing a locum on the island of Jersey and I went with her. Finding myself with nothing to do there for three or four months, I researched three murders that took place there between December 1845 and February 1846, the last of them of a policeman called Le Cronier, …

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