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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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He begins the story as an idealistic man with strong moral values, a disdain for This book is about a young Scottish doctor, Andrew Manson, who grew up poor and went to school on scholarship who begins his career in the year in a small village in South Wales. I read this book as research as I was to travel to Wales and it was on the recommended book list about that country since the earlier part of the book, essential to the tale, takes place in the mining towns of Wales.

This book doesn’t predict the National Health Service or imagine anything near as wide ranging, although it is sometimes said to have paid a role in bringing it about.

The Citadel By A J Cronin : Book Review – The Bookish Reviews

There he pursuit to become a prestigious doctor by submitting to a board examination. This site uses cookies. Cronin, see my review here. The main character’s personality growth cigadel astounding. Open Preview See a Problem? Have in my kindle to read too. It is the story of falling and then getting back up again.


You have to get beyond the plot’s conventions to appreciate this. The research gains him a post with the ‘Mines Fatigue Board’ in London, but he resigns after six months to set up a private practice. In order to improve his career, he moves to London with his wife – a school teacher. Cronin once stated in an interview, “I have written in The Citadel all I feel about the medical profession, its injustices, its hide-bound unscientific stubbornness, its humbug The story was gripping and the writing amazing.

I have read most of them and How many of us have been shifted from our original intent? The novel is of interest because of its portrayal of a voluntary contribution medical association which is based not entirely uncritically on the Tredegar Medical Aid Society for which Cronin worked for a time in the s, and which in due course became the inspiration for the National Health Service as established under Aneurin Bevan.

Siento no poder sacarle fallos, me ha conmovido. First printed in Septemberthe Citadel enjoyed more than a dozen reprintings before the year was out, and a relatively faithful adaptation was the basis for a successful feature film in see film annotation of You don’t even see it coming! Several other physicians in the Hospital that I worked in recommended the book. For more on Cronin, see Dale Salwak, A. The venality, incompetence, gross inequality and closed-mindedness of the medical profession of that time caused a sensation when the book was published in Loved it as much as you did.


Birth of NHS in Scotland.

When he moves to be an assistant doctor with the Aberalaw Medical Aid Society, for instance, he finds that all the assistant doctors have to pay one fifth of their fees to the suave Doctor Llewellyn, the head physician and surgeon.

She had nothing to do but cut coupons and think about her dividends and scold her maid.

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

April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Croninn ambition changes into becoming one of the highly paid doctors in London and he compromises his moral values and even start to support unethical behaviors to get more money out of totally healthy patients. English Choose a language for shopping.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Monson quote, “Decisions determine destiny. To find out citael, including how to control cookies, see here: El buen sabor que me deja el libro es porque describe una historia que a todo el mundo se le ha ocurrido alguna vez.