AJ Cronin and The Citadel: did a work of fiction contribute to the foundation of the NHS?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/287362
Title:
AJ Cronin and The Citadel: did a work of fiction contribute to the foundation of the NHS?
Authors:
O'Mahoney, S
Affiliation:
Cork University Hospital Wilton, Cork, Ireland. Seamus.omahony@hse.ie
Citation:
AJ Cronin and The Citadel: did a work of fiction contribute to the foundation of the NHS? 2012, 42 (2):172-8 J R Coll Physicians Edinb
Journal:
The journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Issue Date:
Jun-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/287362
DOI:
10.4997/JRCPE.2012.218
PubMed ID:
22693705
Abstract:
AJ Cronin (1896-1981) was a Scottish-born doctor-turned-novelist whose most famous novel is The Citadel, published in 1937. The book describes the struggles of an idealistic young doctor working in Wales and London in the 1920s and 30s. The novel was a global bestseller and its portrayal of a largely ineffective, corruption-ridden system of healthcare is thought to have directly influenced the foundation of the National Health Service in 1948. The Citadel anticipates such phenomena as evidence-based medicine and continuing medical education. This paper argues that the novel was never intended as propaganda for a state-controlled national health service. On the contrary, Cronin was against state control. Analysis of the novel is informed by recent biographical revelations about Cronin and the blurring of the margin between fact and fiction in Cronin's life and work is examined.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Education, Medical, Continuing; Evidence-Based Medicine; Financing, Government; History, 20th Century; Literature, Modern; London; Medicine in Literature; Propaganda; Scotland; State Medicine; Wales
ISSN:
2042-8189

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dc.contributor.authorO'Mahoney, Sen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-01T11:06:52Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-01T11:06:52Z-
dc.date.issued2012-06-
dc.identifier.citationAJ Cronin and The Citadel: did a work of fiction contribute to the foundation of the NHS? 2012, 42 (2):172-8 J R Coll Physicians Edinben_GB
dc.identifier.issn2042-8189-
dc.identifier.pmid22693705-
dc.identifier.doi10.4997/JRCPE.2012.218-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/287362-
dc.description.abstractAJ Cronin (1896-1981) was a Scottish-born doctor-turned-novelist whose most famous novel is The Citadel, published in 1937. The book describes the struggles of an idealistic young doctor working in Wales and London in the 1920s and 30s. The novel was a global bestseller and its portrayal of a largely ineffective, corruption-ridden system of healthcare is thought to have directly influenced the foundation of the National Health Service in 1948. The Citadel anticipates such phenomena as evidence-based medicine and continuing medical education. This paper argues that the novel was never intended as propaganda for a state-controlled national health service. On the contrary, Cronin was against state control. Analysis of the novel is informed by recent biographical revelations about Cronin and the blurring of the margin between fact and fiction in Cronin's life and work is examined.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburghen_GB
dc.subject.meshEducation, Medical, Continuing-
dc.subject.meshEvidence-Based Medicine-
dc.subject.meshFinancing, Government-
dc.subject.meshHistory, 20th Century-
dc.subject.meshLiterature, Modern-
dc.subject.meshLondon-
dc.subject.meshMedicine in Literature-
dc.subject.meshPropaganda-
dc.subject.meshScotland-
dc.subject.meshState Medicine-
dc.subject.meshWales-
dc.titleAJ Cronin and The Citadel: did a work of fiction contribute to the foundation of the NHS?en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCork University Hospital Wilton, Cork, Ireland. Seamus.omahony@hse.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalThe journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburghen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunsteren
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