Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Although football is hardly the American national sport, the New York Times ran more than one article about the German victory in the World Cup, with links to sites that explained the part that advanced technology had played in it. For example, physiological monitoring of the players in training allowed ...Read More...
Posted on 07/22/2014 7:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Researching an article about Mr Huhne recently, I was struck by how many public figures now use diminutives of their names. There have always been a few who have done so, of course, but now it is a mass phenomenon, like drunkenness in public. Chris himself does so.
Still, one cannot imagine ...Read More...
Posted on 07/20/2014 7:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 19 July 2014
It isn't been easy to avoid the World Cup, impossible if one takes the newspapers. Nor has the competition been entirely without interest: for example, how and why does a man like Luis Suarez become a serial biter of his opponents? Why does he not learn to keep his teeth to himself? I suppose the fact ...Read More...
Posted on 07/19/2014 6:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
One of the advantages of living in two countries - in my case Britain and France - is the realisation that modern madness is international. This, of course, is a great consolation for any patriot who sees his own country sliding ever further down the slope of institutionalised idiocy.
In France, ...Read More...
Posted on 07/15/2014 10:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 12 July 2014
The distinction between what the law permits and what the law enjoins is often blurred. An absence of proscription is sometimes mistaken for prescription. The more the law interferes in our lives, the more it becomes the arbiter of our morality. When someone behaves badly, therefore, he is nowadays ...Read More...
Posted on 07/12/2014 8:28 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 11 July 2014
Murder is a subject of perpetual interest, as the history of bestselling fiction amply demonstrates. Having met more than my fair share of murderers in the course of my professional life, I find it fascinating. There are genres of murder as there are of painting. Because I am a doctor, the murders committed ...Read More...
Posted on 07/11/2014 10:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Whenever I am in Heidelberg, which is not often, the Prinzhorn Collection is my first port of call. The Prinzhorn Collection is the world’s first, largest, and best collection of art by psychotic patients, founded by the psychiatrist Dr. Hans Prinzhorn. To Prinzhorn belongs the honor, to my mind a considerable ...Read More...
Posted on 06/28/2014 5:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recently drew attention to the financial difficulties faced by the psychiatric services in Britain. Just like cows, no bureaucracy, such as that which oversees and directs our psychiatric services, favours the changeover from fat ...Read More...
Posted on 06/25/2014 4:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 21 June 2014
Here is an aide-memoire .It contains a number of Qur'anic verses, from the later period, the verses of Jihad and hatred toward Infidels with which the Qur'an is full, and which are glossed by the Sunnah, that is the actual practices and observances of the earliest and most trustworthy Muslims, derived ...Read More...
Posted on 06/21/2014 7:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Irritating though conversations on mobile phones may often be to those not involved in them, I nevertheless feel a compulsion sometimes to eavesdrop on them. They can be banal and boring, or they can be entertaining and illuminating. Oddly enough, people speak in public on their mobile phones as if ...Read More...
Posted on 06/18/2014 7:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 12 June 2014
The only man whom I ever knew personally who was executed was the Nigerian writer, Ken Saro-Wiwa. The charge was trumped up, of course. “In this country,” he is said to have said as the hangman put the noose around his neck for a fifth attempt, “they cannot even hang a man properly.”
The death penalty ...Read More...
Posted on 06/12/2014 11:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
I remember the written response of the senior doctor in the prison in which I worked to an editorial in the British Medical Journal lamenting the difference between health care in prison and health care in the “community.” Yes, he replied, where else in the country but in prison could everyone get to ...Read More...
Posted on 06/10/2014 12:25 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 9 June 2014
Returning home from abroad recently, the airline temporarily lost my luggage and promised to deliver it to my house a little later. It did indeed try to do so, but it was at eight in the evening and I was out in a restaurant having dinner with my neighbours. The delivery man left my case at my next ...Read More...
Posted on 06/09/2014 5:35 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 8 June 2014
The expansion of the state and the services it provides, well or badly as the case may be, inevitably changes the relations between citizen and state. Among other effects, it corrodes the idea of privacy and even the very possibility of privacy: for the more the state does for citizens, the wider its ...Read More...
Posted on 06/08/2014 5:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 6 June 2014
The French newspaper, Libération, which began as a Maoist publication, waxed indignant recently about Chinese police working alongside French cops in Paris. The article began by reminding readers about a 1974 film,The Chinese in Paris, in which Mao’s army occupied the city, and the army commander, Pou-Yen, ...Read More...
Posted on 06/06/2014 1:52 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 6 June 2014
I was briefly flattered the other day to receive an e-mail from the General Medical Council asking me whether I could be its Chair (meaning Chairman). Then I realised that it was a circular, not an actual invitation to me personally: it had, presumably, been sent to everyone on its e-mailing list.
What ...Read More...
Posted on 06/06/2014 7:52 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 26 May 2014
Resentment is the one emotion that can last a lifetime and will never let you down. All other emotions are fleeting and unreliable by comparison. I have tried hating someone for years, but found it impossible: hatred fades like the colors of pressed flowers. But resentment! It is the perfect solution ...Read More...
Posted on 05/26/2014 7:42 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Sometimes the New England Journal of Medicine reads like a journal of failed bright ideas. I do not remember ever having read of so many failed trials of treatment as I have recently, but perhaps that is a sign of increasing scientific honesty. After all, it is as important to know what does not work ...Read More...
Posted on 05/24/2014 5:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 23 May 2014
Posted on 05/23/2014 12:14 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
A well-known conclusion of political philosophy, as well as of the most elementary reflection upon life, is that not all human desiderata are compatible one with another. This is so because Mankind not only is capable of desiring, but always desires something and its opposite at the same time. We desire, ...Read More...
Posted on 05/21/2014 7:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Consistency and predictability are essential qualities of any system of criminal justice. Similar offences must call forth similar penalties. If one man is punished severely and another leniently for the same crime, injustice has not only been done but also been seen to be done.
In this sense, then, ...Read More...
Posted on 05/15/2014 7:56 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
It is a curious paradox that those who inveigh most vehemently against race as a concept also campaign most vigorously for racial quotas by means of affirmative action. It is only a seeming paradox, however, because it is possible to acknowledge the existence of discrimination on the basis of mere physical ...Read More...
Posted on 05/13/2014 8:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 12 May 2014
I have taken no interest in cricket ever since cricketers started to wear baseball caps and vulgar coloured clothes, and behaved like footballers or basketball players when they took a wicket, hugging one another and making neanderthlal gestures of triumph.
Last weekend I attended, for the first ...Read More...
Posted on 05/12/2014 12:24 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 11 May 2014
The account in The Times of the murder by stabbing of Mary Maguire, teacher in Leeds, quoted a recent report by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) about the school in which it took place. 'Students,' said the report, 'say they feel very safe in the school. ...Read More...
Posted on 05/11/2014 3:44 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 11 May 2014
One of the things that medical practice teaches the observer of human nature is that no behavior is so bizarre that humans are incapable of it and will not indulge in it. Indeed, they often seem to take delight in inventing new forms of destructive and self-destructive conduct to assert their freedom ...Read More...
Posted on 05/11/2014 5:16 AM by Theodore Dalrymple