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Shaw Among the Doctors

E. P. Scarlett, MB
Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(3):465-466. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860090199027.
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I fancy that most of our readers will have seen or read George Bernard Shaw's famous play, The Doctor's Dilemma. It is a hilarious satire of medical pomposity and pretensions, and a merciless exposure of so-called society medicine. Shaw thoroughly enjoys playing the mighty Achilles among the bumbling medical Trojans. For his wit and superb swordmanship we can forgive him the blind spot which he always exhibited when it came to matters of medical science. Few people realize, however, how the irrepressible Irishman obtained what might be called the medical atmosphere and his knowledge of the shortcomings of medical practice.

This matter was dealt with delightfully by Mr. Hesketh Pearson, the London journalist and biographer, about twenty years ago in a number of John O'London's Weekly, that periodical which, under the editorship of Wilfred Whitten, delighted such a large constituency for several decades.

The central idea of the play was


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