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From the author of The Stars Look Down and The Citadel, and the creator of Dr A classic saga by A J Cronin, one of the great masters of the genre, author of. 1 Oct 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. Complete summary of A. J. Cronin’s The Citadel. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Citadel.

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There is a morale dillema about treatment and profit, that still exists. Considering the fact that it citzdel written init has a message that will perhaps be relevant as long as we have doctors to help us maintain good health and a long life.

His best-known works are The Citadel and The Keys of the Kingdomboth of which were made into Oscar-nominated films. Specifically, he had researched s reported on the correlation between coal dust inhalation and lung disease in the town of Tredegar. Mar 21, Anneta rated it really liked it. Simply put, this is the story of a doctor’s assistant who gets an u in Wales to help an MD crnin a mining village.

This is the third time I have read this book and enjoy it hhe each time. To view it, click here. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Monson quote, “Decisions determine destiny. A must read book! He paints a picture of a profession that has no qualms about milking wealthy hypochondriacal ladies. A wonderful cautionary tale. The Citadel is a novel by A. Notify me of new comments via email. This is not an attack against individuals, but against a system.


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Inoltre, e nessuno me lo toglie dalla testa, aleggia sempre un vago tono da telenovelas. It is the story of falling and then getting back up again.

There is quite a lot of social commentary like this in the book. May 08, John86 rated it it was amazing. Don’t become or marry a doctor!!

I found it interesting to see the corruptness of the medical system and found myself wondering if some of those things may still be happening today. I never read any of the novels written by A. This happens shortly after the doctor changes his life back around and he and his wife make up and are blissfully happy again! It made for a much too melancholy ending. 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 to 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.

Preview — The Citadel by A. I recommend this book especially to everyone considering a career as a doctor. View all 6 comments.

The Citadel

The way the medical profession changes ctonin the s, the life of the miners versus that of the rich owners and townspeople, are far more interesting than Andrew’s journey. The Citadel was published in the year Dunque, godibile, ma con tutte le riserve del caso. The main character’s personality growth was astounding. This site uses cookies.

The Citadel Summary

Andrew blows up at his wife a few times and walks away thinking how bad he feels, but frequently he doesn’t go back and tell her “Hey, I was a jerk, I’m sorry. Shocked by the unsanitary conditions he discovers, Manson works to improve matters and receives the support of Dr Philip Denny, a cynical semi-alcoholic who, Manson finds out in due course, took a post as an assistant doctor after having fallen from grace as a surgeon. 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.


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.

Return to Book Page. Jul 29, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: It sounds very grim though. This book is about a young Scottish doctor, Andrew Manson, who grew up poor and went to school on scholarship who begins his career in the year in a small village in South Wales.

The citizenry with whom he must deal have old-fashioned citacel of how medicine should be practiced, te the resistance that meets his new ways frustrates him enormously.

The Citadel by A. J. Cronin

You have to get beyond the plot’s conventions to appreciate this. Dr Andrew Mason is a poor doctor and newly out of medical college. Christine is very much disturbed by this change in Dr Andrew, but she finds herself tthe in convincing Andrew.