The Citadel by A J Cronin is one of the best books that I have read in my life. I remember one of my friends saying that he will not read this book. Review by Sylvia D: The Citadel is a powerful attack on the medical system in this country before the inception of the National Health Service in. Results 1 – 30 of The Citadel by A. J. Cronin and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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The Citadel was published in the year She did not even exercise her brain. Stillman’s treatment, that of pneumothorax involved collapsing an affected lung with nitrogenand was not universally accepted at the time. In order to improve his career, he moves to London with his wife – a school teacher.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Christine is increasingly unhappy, but his response is annoyance with her and an affair with a married woman. Jul 10, Scarlet rated it it was amazing. I found it interesting to see the corruptness of the medical system and found myself wondering if some of those things may still be happening today.

The Citadel By A J Cronin : Book Review

See all 80 reviews. Twayne Publishers, and J. Give some of her money to the poor. However, when he arrives, he finds that the MD has been incapacitated from a stroke and he must carry on without him. This site uses cookies.

When one of his new associates botches an elective operation on a h patient, he realizes the colleague is nothing more than a society abortionist and that he and his new friends are little better. She supports him through thick and thin, encourages him in his work and helps with his research into lung diseases. He also helps the tubercular daughter of an old friend to an unorthodox but effective pneumothorax in a clinic ctiadel by Stillman, an American who does not have an MD.


Since Manson has accused the incompetent surgeon of murder, he is vindictively reported to the General Ccitadel Council for having worked with an American tuberculosis specialist, Richard Stillman, who does not have a medical degree, even though the patient had been successfully treated at his clinic.

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I write as an English-trained physician who has spent a career in American academic medicine. Thd, he finds himself doing the very things that caused him such anger in his early practice days. That and the easiness with which some complex problems were resolved put me off at A very interesting read. View all 4 comments. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

It is difficult to see him turn from this man into a cynic of a man who is obsessed with making more money, even if it means pandering to wealthier patients, giving patients medicine he knows doesn’t work, or encouraging patients to get unnecessary surgeries. But the heroe was unlicable to me, for he was unfair to his wife, captius, and overpedanting to monay. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

View all 10 comments. Essentially, he’s become i he derided earlier in his career; his wife, however, still wants the simple life “one bedroom and a kitchen” would be ok with her. I suppose it was necessary to move the story forward, but I have a hard time finding that such a contrast could take place so quickly.

The horrors and inequities detailed in the story I have personally witnessed.

There he pursuit to become a prestigious doctor by submitting to a board examination. For more on Cronin, see Dale Salwak, A.

I have read most of them and liked this one a lot. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Retrieved 25 March No one could have written as fine, honest, and moving a study of a young doctor as The Citadel without possessing great literary taste and skill. The venality, incompetence, gross inequality and closed-mindedness of the medical profession of that time caused a sensation when the book was published in I highly recommend this book.


She serves merely as a moral barometer, and as an object to make Manson feel either happy or guilty. Characters are well developed and the multi linear plot easy to follow, bit hard to predict. He slowly begins to see that there is a great deal of money to be made by tending to the rich and pampering them with pills and potions and attention.

Just an all over great read. A patient dies because of a surgeon’s ineptitude, and the incident causes Manson to abandon his practice and return to his principles.

The Citadel by A.J. Cronin

Showing of 80 reviews. He and his wife repair their damaged relationship, but then she is run over by a bus and killed. Christine is very much disturbed by this change in Dr Andrew, but she finds herself helpless in convincing Andrew. I have many new starred words in my bedside dictionary. I found out about the book cornin working as a physician in Paraguay. Inoltre, e nessuno me lo toglie dalla testa, aleggia sempre un vago tono da telenovelas.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He loses his high standards and begins the downward slope.

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

This is not an attack against individuals, but against a system. He decides to sell his practice and renews contact with Denny to establish a group consulting practice “on scientific principles” in a carefully chosen Midland town. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Share z thoughts with other customers. Mar 21, Anneta rated it really liked it.