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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The Citadel

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

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Citadel by A. The Citadel by A. No one could have written as fine, honest, and moving a study of a young doctor as The Citadel without possessing great literary taste and skill.

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 crinin 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.

Paperbackpages. Published November 30th by Little, Brown and Company first published National Book Award for Fiction To see what your friends thought of this book, please cromin up. To croin other readers questions about The Citadelplease sign up.

We rather see a doctor when we are healthy, not when we are sick? Emilia Pacurar It’s because we usually feel sorry for ourselves and an authority in the field. Facing this, ceonin others’ passivity and routine are masked by the …more It’s because we usually feel sorry for ourselves and an authority in the field. Facing this, all others’ citaxel and routine are masked by the rethoric of a fake cosmpolitan concern.

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See all 5 questions about The Citadel…. Lists with This Book. 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 crlnin where he makes liberal use of explosives to remedy public citadwl nuisances hide spoiler ] before descending into the cgonin 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 conin working in the mining towns of the South Wales valleys view spoiler [ where he te 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 where he encounters the 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 crinin. It is clearly a book of its time. Published in this is Britain before the National Cronib 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.

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Tne kinds of solutions can be offered for this dichotomy. This book doesn’t predict the National Health Service or imagine anything near citadwl 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 crojin 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. 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.

View all 10 comments. 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 citadeo 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 citasel 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.

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

Wonderfully told, sometimes wordy, with great characters and lots of in and outs. View all 3 comments. Aug 26, Dorcas rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn’t recognize the title or the author but figured, what do I have to lose, it’s only a buck, vronin 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.

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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.

May 08, John86 rated it it was amazing. Instead of telling you what the story is like, I’d rather tell you what I felt like when reading it. My heart intertwined with the main character’s heart in a firm grasp, Cronin made the character come alive for me – I felt each little bit of happiness, stressfulness and sadness in those droplets of ink.

The main character’s personality growth was astounding. I recommend this book especially to everyone considering a career as a doctor. Apr 29, Laura rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is the story of a young country doctor life and how he struggled to become a successful doctor in a big city.

Andrew Manson, a young Scotsman man, started his professional life in the mines of Wales where he worked in a tough condition by paying part of his salary to a senior and reputed local doctor. He dedicated part of his life studying lung diseases which was the primary disease found in most of the local miners.

In order to improve his career, he moves to London with his wife – a school This is the story of a young country doctor life and how he struggled to become a successful doctor in a big city.

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

There he pursuit to become a prestigious doctor by submitting to a board examination. This fact will bring a lot of prestige, money and all kind of human ambition.

However, the death of a patient will roll his life upside down, making him to revise his moral obligations against his family, s and to the society as well. By telling this magnificent story, the author built a great fiction masterpiece. Several other books have this cotadel of storyline but in different scenarios and covering different heath issues, such as: The Spanish Gardener by A. Cronin, see my review here. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham, see my review here.

Of Human Bondage by W. A non-fiction book is worth mentioning here: And another book that should not be forgotten is The Physician by Noah Gordon, which is already in my TBR list for quite some time already. View all 7 comments. Jul 13, Gloria rated it it was amazing. This is the third time I have read this book and enjoy it more each time.

Cronin is a master at character development and a pleasure to read. This book illustrates clearly the Thomas S. Monson quote, “Decisions determine destiny.

Oct 28, Eng. Khalid Ib rated it it was amazing Shelves: