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If Symptoms Persist by [Dalrymple, Theodore]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (13 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8P09S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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If you want an objective - sometimes cynical - view on the National Health Service and the Welfare State in the 1990's from an insider's perspective, then this book is for you. This is an entertaining and illuminating collection of newspaper articles about the author's experiences in General Practice and as a Prison Doctor.
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Poor Dr D seems to meet only the dregs of society in the course of his career. It makes good copy. I can't help feeling that his views on modern Britain are badly skewed by his experiences - I've never met any of these stupid violent irresponsible people, but unlike Dr D I don't seek them out.

I won't deny that I got a lorra lorra laffs out of Dr D's book, but I felt at times that Dr D and I were mocking the afflicted. (fun though, isn't it?)
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the author has first hand knowledge of his patients from the 'lower orders' so this book should [also] be compulsory reading for all doo-gooder liberal, unreconstructed socialist or hander-outerer of handouts. The book shows the difference between Dickensian poverty and 21st century squalor , something hander-outers should think about and perhaps draw back, then go do something else.
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I haven't finished this book yet so it is unfair comment negatively. My only criticism so far is that the author appears to have swallowed a dictionary and the chapters are extremely short. Other than that, it is quite amusing...
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..until I feel strong enough to continue reading this book, given that I have to look up the meaning of at least three words per (short) chapter. The author is obviously a very intelligent chap! Whilst the observations are funny in their way there is also a negativity which dampens my enthusiasm a little.
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Hugely amusing but ultimately a bit depressing in the end. I have my doubts to its authenticity but even so I did enjoy it.
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The ponderously pseudonymous Dalrymple's first* book (he is, he tells us only a touch immodestly, 'personally of humble origins'), these Mayhewesque despatches are darkly funny while striving robustly to make sense, or wrestling with that impossibility; he laughs that he may not weep. 'The problem [with punishment] is that criminality is susceptible to statistical analysis, which clearly demonstrates that a bad upbringing is bad for one.' The shocking thing is that twenty years and more on - and how many upheavals of the NHS! - this has not dated one iota.

The back flap of the 1994 edition tells us cheerfully that TD 'is a doctor who has worked in many countries, and therefore does not hold out much hope for the future.' If the 20th century demonstrated one thing it was that barbarism is just beyond arm's reach, and sometimes not even that, something of which TD, with his Jewish refugee mother, is only too aware. But if civilisation is worth defending, as TD believes with every fibre of his being, is the civilised man the one who helps the worse or who defends the better? (Someone who claims to do both - and does neither - is called a 'pol-it-ician', children.)

* Actually, I see it was his eighth. Interesting geezer perhaps now trapped by his 'dyspeptic' (his word) persona (though he has others!)
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By Polly on 25 Aug. 2012
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The world depicted by Dr Dalrymple is grim; his style and wit transform what could have been a depressing social commentary into an engaging and pleasurable read. I shall read more of his books.
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