How Theodore Dalrymple got his name

Dr Daniels explains (from 0 mins 40 secs) that when he devised the pen-name Theodore Dalrymple, it was in consultation with the then editor of the UK Spectator magazine.

I wanted to sound old and bad-tempered. It also had to be a name that did not appear on the Medical Register.

While there are a number of Dr Dalrymples in the UK, there is no Dr Theodore Dalrymple.

Two other pen-names of Daniels are, of course, Edward Theberton and Thursday Msigwa.

(2006)

 

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