Public affairs vex no man, said Doctor Johnson, and I know what he meant. He, however, did not live as we do in an age of information in which, without retiring entirely to bed, it is next to impossible to dodge the headlines altogether.
At my time of life, and in my circumstances, I ought to be calm and unruffled
It is a sign of the times, I suppose, that there are crimes of which I approve
Not hell, but drunkenness, is other people.
This week Theodore Dalrymple begins a new column — on globalisation, moronic technology and modernity in general.
Britain has changed dramatically — and for the worst
Theodore Dalrymple, who lives in France, says that the presidential frontrunner faces an awesome range of problems — unsettlingly similar to those that will confront the Prime Minister unlucky enough succeed Gordon Brown
In a society in which multicultural pieties have for so long replaced genuine thought, it is hardly surprising that very…
I don’t much care for Napoleon, but I’ve always had a sneaking sympathy for Napoleon III
I am not sure how far Schopenhauer is suitable reading for a doctor.
‘That Shakespeare,’ a German friend of mine once said to me, ‘knew a thing or two.’
Everyone knows the story of James Lind - except they don't
In a few years no one will be left who understands the value of the implicit.
Though I say it myself, who perhaps should not, doctors make very good writers. They are usually down to earth,…
What a human catastrophe is the doctrine of human rights!
Sometimes I feel like a doctor in Chekhov
Why do people insist on leading such terrible lives?
I went to prison last week to see a man about an arson
There’s only one thing worse than slavery, and that’s freedom
Ignorance, illusion, wilful blindness and wishful thinking have ever been the guiding principles of British government
I see the lower depths wherever I go
Is there anything more sacred than human life?
He is best who empathises most
The difficult business of forgiveness
Compared with the doctors in a hospital like mine, Sisyphus had it easy