Category Archives: writers

The doctor-writers

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-22-41-01There has been, Dalrymple notes (from 1:07:09),

a very large number of doctor-writers. This is not surprising: medicine is good training for a writer. The doctor is involved in the most intimate details of a patient’s life, but at the same time, he has a kind of objectivity; he is both involved and observing. This is a good combination if you want to write.

Dalrymple himself has

always wanted to write. I had this desire from an early age.

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Bernard Mandeville

Bernard Mandeville

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Carlo Levi

Carlo Levi

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Peter Mark Roget

Peter Mark Roget

A nasty drunk inclined to bullying and violence

Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 22.29.58Also a snob and a social climber.

One critic said that no one who knew him ever liked him, although others have denied this. It is rare for anyone to be disliked by everyone.

Dalrymple on John O’Hara, who was

the son of a surgeon, Patrick O’Hara. The father wanted the son to follow in the profession, but he would have none of it, even rejecting his father’s offer of $10,000 if he would do so. O’Hara junior said that he wanted to be a writer; his father said that no good would come of it.

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