Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 5 January 2014
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...
Posted on 01/05/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 4 January 2014
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...
Posted on 01/04/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 28 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/28/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 27 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 26 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/26/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/24/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 23 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 22 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 21 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 20 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 19 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/19/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/18/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/17/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 16 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/16/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/11/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/10/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 8 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/08/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 6 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/06/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 2 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/02/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 1 December 2013
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...
Posted on 12/01/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
A small item in a recent edition of the British Medical Journal unintentionally revealed the state of modern England.
When MP's asked the Chief Executive of NHS England, Sir David Nicholson, how many managers had been made redundant and then rehired as a result of the latest reorganisation of the ...Read More...
Posted on 11/27/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Sometimes I feel a little sorry for people in high public office. First they are photographed everywhere they go, then the picture editors choose the photos that show them at their worst. Mrs Clinton, for example, is always shown is if she were playing Lady Macbeth. Of course, there is an explanation ...Read More...
Posted on 11/24/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 22 November 2013
Among the medical fictional detectives is Dr Eustace Hailey of Harley Street, specialist in nervous diseases. He was introduced to the world by his creator, Dr Robert McNair Wilson, under the pseudonym Anthony Wynne, in 1925, who subsequently wrote twenty-six novels and many short stories in which Dr ...Read More...
Posted on 11/22/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
It has long been my opinion that all notions of human equality, other than that of formal equality before the law, are destructive of human intelligence and sensibility. My opinion was confirmed recently when I read an editorial in the Lancet, one of the two most important general medical journals in ...Read More...
Posted on 11/20/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Not every painter reputed great pleases me, and among those who do not is Jacob Jordaens (1593 - 1678). There is an exhibition of his work on at the moment the Petit Palais in Paris, and as I left I heard a French woman sigh as she, too, left, 'That's enough for me.' My sentiments exactly.
Jordaens ...Read More...
Posted on 11/19/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple