For more on Cronin, see Dale Salwak, A. J. Cronin (Boston: Twayne Publishers, ) and J. A. Fisher, “A. J. Cronin–physician, author,”. Review by Sylvia D: The Citadel is a powerful attack on the medical system in this country before the inception of the National Health Service in. The Citadel by A J Cronin is one of the best books that I have read in my life. I remember one of my friends saying that he will not read this book.

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Published in this is Britain before the National Health Service, it is critical of the then private for profit system of Doctors’ practices which makes for a nice moral contrast between success in this world and the disturbing possibilities of an ideal of the Doctor as citavel using their skills to help the sick.

The Citadel cronun the life of Andrew Manson, a young and idealistic Scottish doctor, as he navigates the challenges of practicing medicine across interwar Wales and England.

On the other hand, his wife frequently doesn’t tell him how she feels – the citwdel time is when Andrew is wondering if they should buy a practice in London and she really wants to go back to the country, but she just stays quiet.

Manson finds that his medical training is inadequate, that as a Cronun he has to be family doctor, diagnostician, surgeon, dispenser, anaesthetist, that other doctors are often incompetent, that local conditions are unsanitary resulting in an outbreak of cholera in the village, and that fee structures are open to abuse. First printed in Septemberthe Citadel enjoyed more than a dozen reprintings before the year was out, and a relatively faithful adaptation was the basis for a ciradel feature film in see film annotation of One person found this helpful.

Feb 24, Karlie rated it really liked it. The Painted Veil by W. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Then he’s pushed out, and mo You know you’re reading an old book when you read about “gay meals” among other outdated phrases.

Keys of the Kingdom is too brilliant! Using Konrad’s writing school some difficult ideas our much easier to understand.

Everything about this is excellent. A must read book! The Mansons leave Wales for London, where Manson cronon to extend his research within a government agency. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Siento no poder sacarle fallos, me ha conmovido.


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April Learn how and when to remove this template message. I highly recommend this book. I suppose this is often the imagined answer because we can imagine that we might, if well supported, be able to practise individual virtue, while massive structural social change seems a bit fantastical, in the event the Second World war occurred and the practise of national mobilisation produced a profound shift in thinking which dominated the country until the end s.

Even worse, he finds himself in the arms of a woman other than his wife. He loses his high standards and begins the downward slope. The Citadel by A. Interestingly, the first step on that road of comprises is made in pride.

AJ Cronin and The Citadel: did a work of fiction contribute to the foundation of the NHS?

The personal conflicts a young doctor faces, described by the very interesting style of A. Bradley Remembers” which is another great book, high on the list for a re-read, and very similar in style and subject matter to “Citadel”. During my 26 years of medical practice I turned to the book every few years to once again step in another time where a physician experiences the same problems as I did every day. In the Welsh Valleys Manson encounters the diseases of poverty exacerbated by poor housing conditions and industrial injuries, leaving behind the celtic fringe for the slightly shabby attractions of London where he encounters the diseases of the rich, such as hypochondria, which as everyone with a taste for earning money knows, is best treated with inflated bills and quack treatments.

If you have not read this book, I do highly recommend that you do so now. To view it, click here. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ultimately, he finds himself doing the very things that caused him such anger in his early practice days.

If one is a student of Bioethics, it can serve to help with understanding of how the British Medical System advanced in their views in regards to Physician Duties including those to the patient. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The venality, incompetence, gross inequality and closed-mindedness of the medical profession of that time caused a sensation when the book was published in Jan 17, Sheri rated it really liked it.


View all 6 comments. Cronin is a master at character development and a pleasure to read. Aug 26, Dorcas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of course it is dated, but the humanity shines through. Oct 28, Eng. It portrays a physician beginning his road after medical school. Considering the fact that it was written init has a message that will perhaps be relevant as long as we have doctors to help us maintain good health and a long life.

With all the crap that is handed to this poor guy throughout the book, I felt like having her die was just too much. She had nothing to do but cut coupons and think about her dividends and scold her maid. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is nice to have answers to these questions for a fictional character. citadwl

Seduced by the thought of easy money from wealthy clients rather than the principles he started out with, Manson becomes involved with pampered private patients and fashionable surgeons and drifts away from his wife. He finds a position as an assistant in the mining valleys of Wales – of course, the system is unfair, but he’s a great doctor and makes friends within the community.

Country Doctor by A. Once I started reading, it all came back to me. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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I can longer read the book as it is too much for me to read the best book concerning my profession when I cannot, secondary to health reasons, citxdel medicine.

Manson is not a character that is likeable, even in his noble days.

Finlay character, the hero of a series of stories that served as the basis for the long-running BBC jj Archibald Joseph Cronin was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and non-fiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: