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  • Trevor Turner (a1)

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I was a teenager when, at Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, I fell in love with books; until then, I just read them. But these were the recently produced Penguin Modern Classics, addictive in their light grey paperback tones, their shape and feel. Among their authors Evelyn Waugh was an early favourite, with his richly laconic prose and his ironic understanding of how and why people behaved in a certain way, and of their often thoughtless assumptions of class and upbringing. For the next 10 years, during which I did a classics degree then a medical degree, a stream of paperbacks (and an unfortunate habit of hoarding them) informed my process of becoming a doctor. The problem of reading good writers, however, is the contrast they make with the appalling prose of your standard textbook or journal article.

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1 Hunter, RA, Macalpine, I. Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry, 1535 to 1860: A History Presented in Selected English Texts. Oxford University Press, 1963.
2 Haslam, J. Illustrations of Madness. Routledge, 1988.
3 Ellenberger, HF. The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry. Basic Books, 1970.
4 Lishman, WA. Organic Psychiatry: The Psychological Consequences of Cerebral Disorder. Blackwell, 1978.
5 Clare, A. Psychiatry in Dissent. Tavistock, 1976.
6 Shakespeare, W. King Lear. Cambridge University Press, 1960.
7 Conrad, J. Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard. Harper & Bros, 1904.
8 Gosse, E. Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments. W. Heinemann, 1907.
9 Waugh, E. Men at Arms. Chapman & Hall, 1952.
10 Waugh, E. Officers and Gentlemen. Chapman & Hall, 1955.
11 Waugh, E. Unconditional Surrender. Chapman & Hall, 1961.
12 Woolf, V. Mrs Dalloway. Hogarth Press, 1925.

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