Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Twisting language is generally the easiest way to evade unpleasant truths. The Guardian, the British liberal-left newspaper, offered a good example, in the wake of the Islamist killings in Copenhagen. Under the heading SCANDINAVIANS VALUE FREE SPEECH, BUT NOW THEY NEED TO BE PRACTICAL, Andrew Brown ...Read More...
Posted on 02/18/2015 6:44 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 15 February 2015
In the past, medical journals, pharmaceutical companies and researchers themselves have been criticized for publishing selectively only their positive results, that is to say, the results that they wanted to find. This is important because accentuation of the positive can easily mislead the medical ...Read More...
Posted on 02/15/2015 6:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 12 February 2015
For those disinclined to believe in coincidence, the date of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, January 7, and that of the publication of Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, Soumission (Submission), in which a Muslim is elected President of France, were linked in some unspecified way, though it will ...Read More...
Posted on 02/12/2015 5:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 2 February 2015
Life is a long succession of vested interests, though we are inclined to see everyone’s but our own. The term now having mainly a negative connotation, we usually think of some interests—namely those of a pecuniary nature—as being more vested than others. A money-interest is widely thought to be more ...Read More...
Posted on 02/02/2015 4:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 26 January 2015
Medical history is instructive, if for no other reason than that it might help to moderate somewhat the medical profession’s natural inclination to arrogance, hubris and self-importance. But the medical curriculum is now too crowded to teach it to medical students and practicing doctors are too busy ...Read More...
Posted on 01/26/2015 5:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 23 January 2015
Steven Emerson, the expert on terrorism, has caused a sigh of relief among the bien pensants of the Western world. By making inaccurate and false claims on Fox News, he has enabled them to pour righteous scorn on him and thereby avoid thinking about uncomfortable social realities.
Emerson claimed ...Read More...
Posted on 01/23/2015 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Political correctness is an informal system of partial censorship but it is not nearly as recent as we are inclined to imagine. It has always existed. If birds of a feather flock together, so do intellectuals of like opinion; and while intellectuals think of themselves as fearless seekers after truth, ...Read More...
Posted on 01/22/2015 5:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 10 January 2015
The shots in the Paris street that were seen and heard around the world killed Ahmed Merabet, a Muslim policeman going to the defense of Charlie Hebdo: a reminder that by no means all Muslims in France, far from it, are France-hating, Allahu-akbar-shouting fanatics, and that many are well-integrated. ...Read More...
Posted on 01/10/2015 6:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 9 January 2015
How long would it take for a Western journalist to blame the Charlie Hebdo murders on French colonialism and journalistic insensitivity to the feelings of Muslims? Not nearly as long, I suspected, as it would take a journalist in the Muslim world to blame them on the legacy of Mohammed and Islam.
And ...Read More...
Posted on 01/09/2015 6:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Shostakovich, in his memoirs (whose authenticity some have disputed), describes a minister in the Soviet Union praising a great Soviet cultural event, such as (says Shostakovich) the closing of a theater. Not very long ago, the medical director of the hospital in which I used to work sent an e-mail ...Read More...
Posted on 01/08/2015 10:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 5 January 2015
The relation between morality and law is (or ought to be) complex and subtle: the two are neither identical nor entirely separate. Once upon a time everyone seemed to understand this, as if by instinct; but the instinct, if it ever existed, has been lost. When someone says, by way of excuse for his ...Read More...
Posted on 01/05/2015 6:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
It is easier to advise than to have or to retain a sense of proportion, especially when it is most needed. I have never known anyone genuinely comforted by the idea that others were worse off than he, which perhaps explains why complaint does not decrease in proportion to improvement in general conditions. ...Read More...
Posted on 12/30/2014 7:33 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 25 December 2014
It is not only in the United States that some people want to kill policemen: such people exist in France, and no doubt elsewhere too. In a suburb of the city of Tours called Joué-lès-Tours, a 20 year-old man, Bertrand Nzohabonayo, born in Burundi and a recent convert to Islam (who thenceforth called ...Read More...
Posted on 12/25/2014 7:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 22 December 2014
If brevity is the soul of wit, verbosity is often the veil of ignorance. There was an instance of this in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, with the title “Conduct Disorder and Callous-Unemotional Traits in Youth.” At considerable length and with much polysyllabic vocabulary, ...Read More...
Posted on 12/22/2014 5:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 20 December 2014
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that is what one swears to tell in a court of law. One lies there and then. It is a noble ideal that one swears to, but one that in practice is impossible to live up to. Not only is the truth rarely pure and never simple, as Oscar Wilde said, but ...Read More...
Posted on 12/20/2014 1:43 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 15 December 2014
Sequels to much-loved novels that are more than a century old are apt to disturb those who have a very clear and cherished picture in their minds of the characters, pictures that are fixed almost like flies in amber. Who wants to read of David Copperfield in the nursing home when he is old and cannot ...Read More...
Posted on 12/15/2014 5:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Civil law in the United States, originally intended to right wrongs and discourage people from committing them in the first place, has long since become an extortion racket that makes the methods of Al Capone seem amateurish by comparison.
The system leaves nothing untouched and touches nothing that ...Read More...
Posted on 12/07/2014 8:27 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 30 November 2014
What’s in a word? Sometimes, I think, quite a lot. The use of a single word can amount to a subtle lie. Reading French newspapers, I’m struck by how often the word “austerity” appears to discuss current economic policy in Europe, particularly in France. I am not concerned here with whether the policies ...Read More...
Posted on 11/30/2014 9:02 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 29 November 2014
In my youth the government encouraged people to eat more eggs and butter and drink more milk for the sake of their health. Perhaps it was the right advice after a prolonged period of war-induced shortage, but no one would offer, or take, the same advice today. Nutritional advice is like the weather ...Read More...
Posted on 11/29/2014 6:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Low back pain is a condition so common that, intermittently, I suffer from it myself. It comes and goes for no apparent reason, lasting a few days at a time. Nearly 40 years ago I realized that, though I had liked to think of myself as nearly immune from nervous tension, anxiety could cause it.
I ...Read More...
Posted on 11/26/2014 5:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Hope springs eternal, but so do financial crises in hospitals. Once, while researching the history of the hospital in which I was working at the time, I discovered that it had been so short of money in the 1840s that it had been forced to sell some land to a railway company that wanted to build a line ...Read More...
Posted on 11/25/2014 6:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 24 November 2014
In a village in South Wales, 34-year-old Matthew Williams was recently stunned by a taser discharged by a policewoman. He died soon afterward in police custody.
The reason the policewoman tasered Williams was that she had found him in the hotel in which he had been lodging, bent over the prostrate ...Read More...
Posted on 11/24/2014 5:54 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 17 November 2014
You might have supposed that trust in the medical profession would have risen as medicine became more effective at warding off death and disease, but you would have been mistaken. In fact, precisely the reverse has happened throughout the western world, but particularly in the United States. Half a ...Read More...
Posted on 11/17/2014 5:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 16 November 2014
GERMAN philosopher Immanuel Kant thought it was wrong to tell a lie under any circumstance.
Even if a murderer asked you the way to his victim he said you should tell him the truth.
He allowed no exception.
Thank goodness this is not what most people believe let alone how they act.
Recent ...Read More...
Posted on 11/16/2014 8:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 13 November 2014
My favorite title of all the books that I possess is A Brief Introduction to the History of Human Stupidity. It’s by Walter B. Pitkin, and was published in 1932 in nearly 600 closely printed pages. The author promised a 40-volume encyclopedia of the subject. While he never got around to starting, let ...Read More...
Posted on 11/13/2014 6:06 PM by Theodore Dalrymple