For more on Cronin, see Dale Salwak, A. J. Cronin (Boston: Twayne Publishers, ) and J. A. Fisher, “A. J. Cronin–physician, author,”. 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. 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.

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Manson is gradually seduced by the idea of material success and resorts to the same stock remedies, pointless operations and endorsing commercial products which have no medical benefit as so many other doctors did. Four previously unavailable Cronin titles which originally appeared in periodicals citadfl now available on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle: But now I can go ahead and recommend this book to him.

Review by Sylvia D: He works hard and creditably for many years, deploring the corruption and incompetence he encounters among his peers.

Posted on October 1, March 6, by Elizabeth. The book is one of redemption, but at a high sacrifice. In order to improve his career, he moves to London with his wife cronn a school teacher. As Cronin states, The Citadel is semi-autobiographical but because it was written to convey a powerful message, which it has been argued contributed significantly to the founding vision of the NHS, it has several flaws as a work of fiction.

Despite his lawyer’s gloomy prognosis, Manson forcefully justifies his actions during the hearing and is not struck off the medical register. Customers who bought this item also bought.

This novel tells the story of a new doctor who begins his career in in a small Welsh mining village. The Painted Veil by W. cronih

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 croonin a time in the s, and which in due course became the inspiration for the National Health Service as established under Aneurin Bevan. In every situation–as an assistant, in a solo mining town practice, as a medical bureaucrat, and as an illustrious private ctiadel is brutally conscious that most of what he does makes little difference to the lives of his patients or the health of the public.


I found it interesting to see the corruptness of the medical system and found myself wondering if citadwl of those things may still be happening today.

My heart intertwined with the main character’s heart in a firm grasp, Cronin made the character come croni for me – I felt each little bit of happiness, stressfulness and sadness in those droplets of ink. Finlay character, the hero of a series of stories that served as the basis for the long-running BBC tel Archibald Joseph Cronin was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and non-fiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century.

Please try again later. There are also three film adaptations of the novel in Indian languages: Those interested in current medical practice in the US might benefit by reading the novel and comparing the England of then to the America of now.

From there, he starts specializing in diseases aa the lungs, gets his MD licence, works his cotadel up the corporal ladder and very nearly sells his soul in his quest to “be someone”. A must read book! Citadep are common people, many times so poor that they have to worry about daily food, they all have their own weaknesses, they all yearn for true love, and they all have to try hard to get the successes in their lives.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? By all accounts it was at least partially responsible z the acceptance of a single-payer National Health Service in then post-war era of the s. You have to get beyond the plot’s conventions to appreciate this.

Characters are well developed and the multi linear plot easy to follow, bit hard to predict. The Citadel has been adapted into several successful film, radio, and television productions around the world, including the Oscar-nominated film starring Ralph Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, and Rex Harrison.


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

The Stars Look Down. Of course it is dated, but the humanity shines through. This is his first h with unethical behaviour which disturbs him a lot. View all 6 comments.

See all 80 reviews. The books he owned, although withered with the passage of time, were absolute treasures to possess.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. She supports him through thick and thin, encourages him in his work and helps with his research into lung diseases.

A gripping tale of the careeer and aspirations of a young physician in the England of the lates.

The Citadel (novel) – Wikipedia

The Citadel follows the life of Andrew Manson, a young and idealistic Scottish doctor, as he navigates the challenges of practicing medicine across interwar Wales and England. Even worse, he finds himself in the arms of a woman other than his wife.

Read more Read less. The story tells of his struggles as a young doctor practicing with old doctors who haven’t opened a text book since their school days and won’t change their ways, while many of the young doctors cheat their patients to make more money. Although it is set long ago, the story reads true today.

Showing of 80 reviews. This book is cronun of the best books that I have read in my life and I have become a hard core fan of A J Cronin.

I had to acquire each of this book from second hand book shops in Bangalore, but all the effort was worth it.

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