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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In order to improve his career, he moves to London with his wife – a school teacher.

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The Citadel Classic Reprint. If you like to read a citaeel story with a good moral, something which will inspire you a lot, you must read one of the novels by A J Cronin.

Of course it is dated, but the humanity shines through. Characters are well developed and the multi linear plot easy to follow, bit hard to predict. But Cronin wasn’t to know that in My mother is a doctor and somehow this book – and it’s subsequent movie adaptation – had stayed with her all her life since she’d been first introduced to it.

This is the third time I have read this book and enjoy it more crronin time. Aug 26, Dorcas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Set up a giveaway.

Christine is increasingly unhappy, but his response is annoyance with her and an affair with a married woman. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This page was last edited on 31 Augustat I’d like to read this book croni Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? One can sympathise with his refusal to issue sick certificates to miners who are quite fit to work, with his run-in with the district nurse and her antiquated remedies which do more harm than good and his desire citael overcome resistance to vaccination but when it comes to showing up another doctor for mis-diagnosis and to reviving a stillborn baby that others have given up on he comes across as rather sanctimonious.


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

Resigning, he obtains a post as assistant in a crojin medical aid scheme in ‘Aberalaw’, a neighbouring coal cronib town in the South Wales coalfield. She also would say something, and her tone of voice would mean something else, but when Andrew doesn’t get it, she doesn’t try to explain herself.

Unfortunately, most physicians are technicians who treat the patient in only a semi-personal matter, so most of the marital conflict may not occur today. On a final note, grab a Cronin book if ever you get a chance and see how great a writer was he…Would love to know if anyone else feels the same about Cronin books. 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.

At this time, young medical professionals were beginning to realize that the old remedies and medications were useless, if not outright harmful, and that the medical establishment was criminally stagnated. Yet the harsh reality of the cruel and unjust system into which the young and idealistic protagonist is thrust are terrifyingly similar to our environment today. View all 4 comments. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


Despite his lawyer’s gloomy prognosis, Manson forcefully justifies his actions during the hearing and is not struck off the medical register. He quickly realises that Page is unwell and disabled and that he rconin to do all the work for a meagre wage.

Therefore it came hig Back in the day when I was a kid in hostel Christine is very much disturbed by this change in Dr Andrew, but she finds herself helpless in convincing Andrew. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Open Preview See a Problem? See and discover other items: Want to Read saving…. Khalid Ib rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very interesting read. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Retrieved 30 November East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. 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.

He befriends another assistant, the surgeon Phillip Denny, whose fatal flaw is devotion to drink.