The surgeon's prayer

Dalrymple, Theodore
April 2009
BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;4/11/2009, Vol. 338 Issue 7699, p895
Academic Journal
The article discusses the play "The Dog Beneath the Skin" by W. H. Auden and implies the influence W. H. Auden's father had on his work. Auden's father was a professor of public health who was interested in psychoanalysis. Auden's play, a satire on Great Britain in the 1930's, features a surgeon as a main character. The author presents an excerpt from the play to illustrate the ritual of medical practice.


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