The Citadel is a novel by A. Cronin , first published in , which was groundbreaking with its treatment of the contentious theme of medical ethics. It is credited with laying the A good, old-fashioned novel in the best sense : a story of engaging people doing interesting things, well-told.
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The Citadel follows the life of Andrew Manson, a young and idealistic Scottish doctor, as he naviga "Cronin's distinguished achievement 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. Based on Cronin's own experiences as a physician, The Citadel boldly confronts traditional medical ethics, and has been noted as one of the inspirations for the formation of the National Health Service.
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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 30th by Little, Brown and Company first published More Details Original Title.
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Facing this, all others' passivity and routine are masked by the rethoric of a fake cosmpolitan concern. Can anyone tell me where I can find a good summary of this book? Jeanne Look on Wikipedia. See all 5 questions about The Citadel…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Citadel. The Citadel is the morality tale of the initially idealistic Scottish Doctor Andrew Manson who starts off working in the mining towns of the South Wales valleys view spoiler [ where he makes liberal use of explosives to remedy public health nuisances hide spoiler ] before descending into the vanity fair of fashionable London doctors, who specialise in conditions which cost a lot of money to treat, where he reaches a crisis point before returning to the narrow path of virtue.
In the Welsh Valley The Citadel is the morality tale of the initially idealistic Scottish Doctor Andrew Manson who starts off working in the mining towns of the South Wales valleys view spoiler [ where he makes liberal use of explosives to remedy public health nuisances hide spoiler ] before descending into the vanity fair of fashionable London doctors, who specialise in conditions which cost a lot of money to treat, where he reaches a crisis point before returning to the narrow path of virtue.
In the Welsh Valleys, Manson encounters the diseases of poverty exacerbated by poor housing conditions and industrial injuries, leaving behind the Celtic fringe for the slightly shabby attractions of London he will encounter the profitable diseases of the rich, such as hypochondria, which as everyone with a taste for earning money knows, is best treated with inflated bills and quack treatments.
It is clearly a book of its time. Published in this is Britain before the National Health Service, it is critical of the then private for profit system of Doctors' practices which makes for a nice moral contrast between success in this world and the disturbing possibilities of an ideal of the Doctor as someone using their skills to help the sick.
Several kinds of solutions can be offered for this dichotomy. 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. Cronin, who was a Doctor himself, imagines instead something like the Polyclinics of the Soviet Union staffed by a mixed group of medical personnel devoted to the ideal of healing rather than of earning money. Individual virtue rather than structural change is as far as he goes.
I suppose this is often the imagined answer because we can imagine that we might, if well supported, be able to practise individual virtue, while massive structural social change seems a bit fantastical, in the event the Second World war occurred and the practise of national mobilisation produced a profound shift in thinking which dominated the country until the end s.
But Cronin wasn't to know that in In this book Cronin has a weakness towards tell don't show, rather than letting characters emerge through their dialogue or actions and his use of Manson's wife - really potentially an interesting figure in her own right - is wasteful. But he tells here a lively story of aspiration and corruption. The Northern Light had more flashes of skill down at the sentence level but suffered from a super abundance of potential plot directions, this is a simple story but that makes for a better book.
View all 6 comments. Sep 27, Bettie rated it it was amazing Shelves: published , plague-disease. Oh this is wonderful story - a publication concerning primarily, the life of a young doctor investigating lung disease rife amongst miners and social conditions in mid Wales.
Fully recommended. View all 10 comments. May 03, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: national-book-award-fiction. It was written by A. Cronin The dialogue in this semi-autobiographical story about a talented young Welsh doctor was quite good. The cases and threads were also convincing. The doctor, Andrew, and his wife, Christine, were both likable characters. The problem that I had with the book is that the prose is very choppy and not always a pleasure to read. The death of a major character does not garner more than three pages in the book.
In the same vein, there are many medical cases that occur, mostly accidents, so it reads like a series of vignettes without a lot of drama. The story and writing style is dated. Jan 17, Sheri rated it really liked it. This book was written in It is about an idealistic young doctor who starts off poor and has a great heart for the poor and the sick. He marries a wonderful young teacher named Christine and they are very happy, not having much materially, but rich in love and plans for the future.
They begin their life in the mining town of Wales, where he begins research involving the men with breathing problems due to their exposure to the dust in the underground mines.
They eventually move to London. 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. He loses his high standards and begins the downward slope. Christine is not happy with the change and their once idyllic relationship begins to fall apart.
He's not the man she married. It is the story of falling and then getting back up again. Wonderfully told, sometimes wordy, with great characters and lots of in and outs. I loved it! View all 3 comments. Aug 26, Dorcas rated it it was amazing Shelves: england-uk , favorite-reads , medical , a-j-cronin. I didn't recognize the title or the author but figured, what do I have to lose, it's only a buck, right? Once I started reading, it all came back to me. Bradley Remembers" which is another great book, high on the list for a re-read, and very similar in style and subject matter to "Citadel".
You know a good book when twenty years later you still know all t Wonderful. You know a good book when twenty years later you still know all the characters, the plot, the finale, and it remains a five star read. Simply put, this is the story of a doctor's assistant who gets an appointment in Wales to help an MD in a mining village. However, when he arrives, he finds that the MD has been incapacitated from a stroke and he must carry on without him. From there, he starts specializing in diseases of the lungs, gets his MD licence, works his way up the corporal ladder and very nearly sells his soul in his quest to "be someone".
Everything about this is excellent. The characters, the plot, the dialog; I really couldn't change a thing. Just an all over great read. Some surgical procedures, a mine accident, traffic accident. Nothing graphic.
A. J. Cronin
Genre: Novel. He is idealistic, but he quickly learns that his training is inadequate and that his hemiplegic employer will never return to practice. Manson must do all the work for a pittance and bad food. He befriends another assistant, the surgeon Phillip Denny, whose fatal flaw is devotion to drink. She encourages him to continue his studies and to conduct research on the relationship between dust inhalation and tuberculosis.
A.J. CRONIN, AUTHOR OF 'CITADEL' AND 'KEYS OF THE KINGDOM,' DIES
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‘The Citadel’ by A.J. Cronin
Cronin had observed the venues as a medical inspector of mines and later as a doctor in Harley Street. The book promoted still controversial ideas about medical ethics and helped to inspire the National Health Service. Finlay's Casebook , revived many years later. Cronin often wrote of young men from similarly mixed backgrounds. His paternal grandparents had emigrated from County Armagh , Ireland, and become glass and china merchants in Alexandria. Owen Cronin, his grandfather, had had his surname changed from Cronague in
Over the centuries many novels, short stories and poems have been written about doctors: their interaction with those who are ill, and with the communities they serve to improve overall health. Some of these books reflect the high standards and quality of the medical profession while others show doctors in a different, less favourable light. On the present occasion the re-reading was more holistic and I was searching for broader messages in the text. First, the work of the doctor in a poor community and how his work is transformed as the doctor moves to London and private practice.