The Citadel

by Archibald Joseph Cronin | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0575600039 Global Overview for this book
Registered by 4evagreen of Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on 9/27/2016
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by 4evagreen from Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Received as a BookMooch. Thanks!

Journal Entry 2 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Archibald Joseph Cronin was born in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, in 1896, and was destined either for the Church or medicine: he chose medicine. Cronin trained in various hospitals in Scotland, Dublin and South Wales. He was appointed as a Medical Inspector of Mines and reported on coal-dust inhalation and lung disease before subsequently moving to London and private practice. This novel is therefore semi-autobiographical in nature as he draws on his professional career as a background.

In many respects this novel is a creature of its time. Cronin identified many of the issues in clinical practice which needed to be tackled , including better supervision of young doctors, postgraduate education programmes and the novel's popularity along with the cinematic portrayal helped towards the establishment of the NHS a decade or so later. However, some of the issues, in particular affordability, are still relevant today.

This isn't perhaps great literature. Manson despite his revolutionary zeal isn't always a particularly likeable character, he is often, selfish, arrogant and uncaring, but Cronin still manages to present an interesting and entertaining story. I am always interested in novels that feature social history and this book had the power to change public attitudes and behaviour towards health as well as professional thinking and for that reason alone deserves to be more widely read today.

Journal Entry 3 by 4evagreen at Buxton, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (3/30/2023 UTC) at Buxton, Derbyshire United Kingdom


Going out as a sort of Brucie Bonus. I hope that you haven't already read it. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by daffodil-2 at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Friday, March 31, 2023
Received in the post today from 4evagreen as a surprise RABCK. The parcel also contained "August is a Wicked Month", and Crowner's Quest. Thanks very much. This book looks just my kind of thing and I look forward to reading it asap.

Journal Entry 5 by daffodil-2 at Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 26, 2023
REVIEW:-"A good story with lots of interesting stuff about the way things were done in the medical profession in the UK in the pre-NHS years.
I found some of the medical terms a bit frustrating as I mostly had to look them up to understand them, but I enjoyed the story of Andrew and Christine and the people they met and worked with along the way.
I was very sad about one particular occurrence towards the end of the book but thought it had a satisfactory final conclusion."
Reserved for my sister-in-law.

Journal Entry 6 by daffodil-2 at Blickling, Norfolk United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Released 4 days ago (5/25/2023 UTC) at Blickling, Norfolk United Kingdom


This book will be given to my sister-in-law when we meet for a catch-up.

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