Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Britain is the Cyprus of the North Sea, of course: it has everything Cyprus has, except the sunshine, the charm of the people and the immemorial history of civilisation. But it does have Russian oligarchs, as the death in suspicious circumstances of Mr Berezovsky reminds us; and it also has a bloated ...Read More...
Posted on 03/30/2013 5:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 29 March 2013
The Duke of Wellington, surveying his soldiers before the Battle of Waterloo, famously said that he did not know what they did to the enemy, but by God they frightened him.
No one thought in those days of the psychological effect upon the soldiers of witnessing so much violence (more than 30,000 were ...Read More...
Posted on 03/29/2013 1:09 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 28 March 2013
A review of Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World, by Sadakat Kadri
According to a statistic that has been many times repeated—and is repeated in this new book—30 to 40% of British Muslims would prefer ...Read More...
Posted on 03/28/2013 12:52 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Careful readers, of whom there are probably none, of the North Middlesex University Hospital’s glossy propaganda sheet, All Points North, will have noticed that the Hospital missed one of its targets last year by quite a large margin. Such propaganda sheets, for the production of which there never ...Read More...
Posted on 03/28/2013 5:19 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
For a long time doctors were subject to contradictory imperatives with regard to AIDS. On the one hand they were enjoined to treat it as they would treat any other disease, without animadversion on the way in which the patient had caught it; on the other hand they had, before testing for the presence ...Read More...
Posted on 03/27/2013 12:43 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Syria rages at Qatar for giving opposition its Arab League seat
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria vented its wrath at Qatar and the Arab League on Wednesday for handing its seat at an Arab summit in Doha to a "deformed" opposition coalition trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
"The ...Read More...
Posted on 03/27/2013 11:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Physiognomy is not an exact science, of course, but when I saw a large picture of David Miliband on the cover of the Times a word rose spontaneously but insistently in my mind: self-satisfaction. And this was even before I had read one of the headings to the interview that followed on the inside page:
What ...Read More...
Posted on 03/23/2013 5:44 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 22 March 2013
A single photograph on the front page of The Times caused me to feel something that I had not really expected ever to feel: deep sympathy for the disgraced Mr Huhne. I saw the photo immediately I had written an article about his case which was not particularly sympathetic towards him.
The photograph ...Read More...
Posted on 03/22/2013 6:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 21 March 2013
John Maddox (1925 – 2009) was for many years the editor of Nature, one of the two most important general science journals in the world. In 1972 he published a broadside against the radical pessimism then very prevalent with the title The Doomsday Syndrome: An Assault on Pessimism. In this book, ...Read More...
Posted on 03/21/2013 5:29 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
After speaking recently in Belgium, I declared, in response to an audience member’s suggestion that the European Union’s purpose was the preservation of peace, that “Europe”—in the peculiar, Soviet-style usage of the word now so common—does not mean peace, but conflict, ...Read More...
Posted on 03/20/2013 5:16 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Truth is universal but error is international. Living as I do between Britain and France, I am often surprised to see the same mistakes being made on both sides of the Channel with the same results, without any awareness on the part of either country of the other’s experience; the same bad arguments ...Read More...
Posted on 03/19/2013 5:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 18 March 2013
An article by Ian Birrell in the Guardian on 4th March draws attention to something that was first publicised in the December, 2010, in the New England Journal of Medicine, namely that United Nations peacekeeping troops introduced cholera into Haiti from which it has not since departed. ...Read More...
Posted on 03/18/2013 12:10 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 17 March 2013
For some reason that I have never quite fathomed, immunization against infectious diseases has from its very inception in Jenner’s time been one of the most viscerally feared and bitterly opposed of all medical techniques. Perhaps people felt that to immunize was to interfere sacrilegiously with ...Read More...
Posted on 03/17/2013 5:57 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 16 March 2013
When you think of all the things that might so easily have been found in hamburgers, I suppose that we (or at any rate those who eat them) should be grateful that it was only horsemeat that was found. From the reaction in the press, you might have thought we were back in the days of Sweeney Todd.
Several ...Read More...
Posted on 03/16/2013 5:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
On a recent visit to Belgium, my heart swelled with patriotic pride. At last I had found a country in Western Europe that was more littered than Britain. There is hope for us yet: if, that is, not being the worst in Europe is grounds for hope.
I drove from ...Read More...
Posted on 03/13/2013 6:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 10 March 2013
Called to court recently to give some medical evidence in a nearby town, I was surprised to discover that, according to a notice I found on the noticeboard in one of the conference rooms in the courthouse, the town had been compared to Oberammergau. I have never been to Oberammergau, but I should ...Read More...
Posted on 03/10/2013 6:14 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 9 March 2013
A literary review recently asked me to review a book by an eminent paediatric endocrinologist, Dr Robert Lustig, entitled Fat Chance. It is by no means well-written; but then, as the publisher explained to me, Dr Lustig is a doctor, not a writer. At least he always makes his meaning plain.
His main ...Read More...
Posted on 03/09/2013 5:27 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
No doubt I have forgotten much pharmacology since I was a student, but one diagram in my textbook has stuck in my mind ever since. It illustrated the natural history, as it were, of the way in which new drugs are received by doctors and the general public. First they are regarded as a panacea; then ...Read More...
Posted on 03/06/2013 5:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 4 March 2013
Harm reduction has long been the mantra of the British approach to the problem of drug addiction, particularly to heroin. The argument in favour of this approach is as follows:
Certain people will continue to take drugs whatever prohibitive or restrictive measures are taken to interdict supply, ...Read More...
Posted on 03/04/2013 8:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 2 March 2013
For the man who sees the human tragedy clearly, or thinks that he does, nothing is quite so oppressively dispiriting as blind optimism. Tennessee Williams, who died 30 years ago, came to prominence at the high tide of American optimism. A new biography of him by John Bak — revealing his privately ...Read More...
Posted on 03/02/2013 5:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 1 March 2013
For every Londoner, postal districts have not only a geographical meaning but a social and economic one as well. For example, NW3 stands for “North West Three,” meaning that it is in northwest London—specifically, Hampstead. It is the haunt of rich intellectuals, media types, and doctors; ...Read More...
Posted on 03/01/2013 4:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
According to the Daily Telegraph, the chief executive of Centrica, the company that owns British Gas, Mr Sam Laidlaw, said at Davos that hopes were misplaced that development of shale gas deposits in Britain would be a miracle solution to the country's declining North Sea oil production, and "a ...Read More...
Posted on 02/27/2013 5:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 23 February 2013
I am not much good at idolatry. I regard Nelson Mandela as less than a god, though I can see his merits such as dignity, old age and a talent for conciliation. Neither have I been carried away by Oscar Pistorius, said to be the second most admired South African, perhaps because I place athletic prowess ...Read More...
Posted on 02/23/2013 5:16 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 22 February 2013
Being in France again, I read Le Monde. On Saturday 9 February, my eye was caught by a little notice at the top of the front page of the Ideas & Culture section advertising an article on pages 4 and 5 in the same section. The notice read:
Paul Ehrlich preaches in the wilderness: the American ...Read More...
Posted on 02/22/2013 7:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 21 February 2013
The Francis Enquiry into the failings of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust will almost certainly repay close reading, and will also be invaluable to future social historians of our country. Indeed, it will tell them all that they need to know: for far from being a betrayal of the ruling principles of ...Read More...
Posted on 02/21/2013 4:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple