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Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J. B. Kelly, Vol. 3
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Threats of Pain and Ruin
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Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
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edited by S.B. Kelly
The Literary Culture of France
by J. E. G. Dixon
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays
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Farewell Fear
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The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
by Kenneth Hanson
The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
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Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Sunday, 19 January 2014
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France is three or four decades behind Britain in cultural degeneration but is making valiant efforts to catch up. One straw in the wind I noticed a few years ago was the arrival of a tattoo parlor in the small town near where I live when I am in France. This alarmed me. I had mistakenly thought that ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/19/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 17 January 2014
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Should there be any limitation on the freedom of public expression, and if so why, how and when imposed? The question has become acute in France where the Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls, has declared his intention of seeking to silence a stand-up comedian, Dieudonné M’Bala ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 14 January 2014
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Some words, printed in red in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal, caught my attention:    Being at the receiving end of charity can be stigmatising… And, as everyone knows or by now has accepted as an unassailable orthodoxy, to stigmatise is both morally wrong ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 12 January 2014
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Scientists are often portrayed as archetypally rational men, mere calculating machines in human form who propose correct new theories by infallible deduction from what is already known. Science cannot possibly advance in this way, however, and the philosopher Karl Popper pointed out long ago that leaps ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/12/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 7 January 2014
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The enormous, even exponential, advance in the understanding of human genetics over the past three decades has so far yielded much less improvement in clinical results than was once hoped. It has proved more difficult than anticipated to translate biological knowledge into clinical benefit. This is ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/07/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 5 January 2014
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Subjects are not necessarily interesting in proportion to their importance and the dullest of matters may be the most crucial. That is why disputes about health economics are both heated and boring, a most unfortunate combination of qualities. One approaches the subject only with a sinking heart and ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/05/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 4 January 2014
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Reading about the recent murderous explosions in Volgograd and their Dagestani perpetrators, I could not help but recall my only visit to Dagestan and its capital, Makhachkala. Although the Soviet Union no longer existed, it was not surprisingly still very Soviet in atmosphere: for it has proved easier ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/04/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 28 December 2013
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Although I don't practice medicine any more I still read some of the medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. A banal sentence in a multi-authored paper in that august publication caught my attention last week: The first and last authors vouch for the accuracy and completeness ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/28/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 27 December 2013
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There are cheap lies and expensive lies, and the lie that addiction is a disease just like any other will prove to be costly. It is the lie upon which Washington has based its proposed directive that insurance policies should cover addiction and mental disorders in the same way as they cover physical ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 26 December 2013
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Prevention is better than cure provided (which is not always the case) that prevention does less harm than the disease it prevents. Since obesity is now of epidemic proportions all over the world, and it is estimated that in just over a decade’s time there will be 500,000,000 people with type ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/26/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 24 December 2013
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Last week I went to a dinner for the retired consultants of the hospital in which I had worked. How everyone (apart from me, of course) had aged! I have seen the future and it is death. But let that pass. It was only six weeks from Christmas, and so, in this land where Christmas lasts at least three ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 23 December 2013
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Ever since Stéphane Courtois published his The Black Book of Communism, there has been a deluge of black books, particularly in France, where the latest is that of Vichy. David Horowitz’s Black Book is that of the American left, which he charges – with a great deal ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 22 December 2013
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One would hesitate, for the most obvious of reasons, to dispute astrophysics with a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist, but the case is quite otherwise with a Nobel prize-winning economist. This at the very least suggests a difference in the intellectual difficulty, rigor, or foundation of the two sciences. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 21 December 2013
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The late Neil Postman wrote a brilliant book about the deleterious cultural effects of television called Amusing Ourselves to Death. The author maintained that television was an intrinsically trivialising medium, that it made shallow whatever it touched, dissolving utterly the distinction between ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 20 December 2013
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IT ISN'T often that any government, let alone a British government, takes a far-sighted decision. David Cameron's decision that Britain will spend twice as much on research into dementia from 2015 is therefore especially welcome. If only all the Prime Minister's decisions were as good. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 19 December 2013
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Celebrities do not interest me, in part because I often do not know who they are. Not having had a television for forty years, and having survived quite happily without one, people apparently world famous are to me completely unknown, either by sight or sound; while those figures whom I consider important ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013
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There is nothing quite as difficult to predict as the future. In my lifetime I have already lived through an “inevitable” ice age that never materialized and “inevitable” mass starvation (through overpopulation) that also never happened. When I was in Central America I remember ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013
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Some years ago a medical paper was published that caused a run on Brazil nuts throughout the western world. For a time they disappeared entirely from supermarket shelves; for Brazil nuts contain a high level of selenium and the medical paper had suggested that the high rate of heart attacks in a certain ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 16 December 2013
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Allen Frances, the psychiatrist who edited the fourth edition (1994) of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(commonly known as the DSM-IV), once tried to insinuate a new diagnosis—masochistic personality disorder—into ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/16/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
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Only 2% of Stamp Collectors are Women. There used to be an advertisement that claimed that a certain brand of beer could reach parts of the world that other beers could not reach. I also once read of a certain traveller's ambition, which was to reach somewhere where no Nescafé had ever been ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013
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There is a tiny theatre in the little town in which I live and its programme offers a depressing insight into the taste of the English provincial public, and which supports my contention that we are about to enter the first era in history of the ageing adolescent. The next three productions at the theatre ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 8 December 2013
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Some of the residents of Hyde, the town in Cheshire, England, where the late Dr. Harold Shipman practiced family medicine, used to say, “He’s a good doctor, but you don’t live long.” Indeed not: it is now believed that Dr. Shipman, over a period lasting a quarter of a century, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/08/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 6 December 2013
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It is not difficult both to dislike and to criticize consumerism. It is often as vacuous as it is unattractive. Last week, for example, my wife took me to something called an ‘outlet village,’ an expanse of shops built in faux Eighteenth Century style that sold designer products ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/06/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 2 December 2013
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When I was a very young doctor I had an enormously fat patient – in those days it was rare to be so fat – who was admitted to the hospital for a long time to try to get her to lose weight more or less by starving her. I still remember her semi-liquid form flowing over the sides of the bed. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 1 December 2013
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No one would contradict me, I suspect, if I were to assert that human beings are not always wholly consistent. Indeed, those who are much more consistent than average are apt to excite our fear or condemnation rather than our admiration. To be faithful to a bad principle is worse than having no principle ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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