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The Doctor's Dilemma

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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - On the 15th June 1903, in the early forenoon, a medical student, surname Redpenny, Christian name unknown and of no importance, sits a ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by 1st World Library (first published 1906)
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Manny
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Brett
Aug 26, 2009 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a play by the literary giant George Bernard Shaw. Shaw was of course a advocate of liberal and socialist thought. He was also a good friend and sparring partner with one of my favorites, G.K. Chesterton. This play is about a doctor who has recently been knighted for his development of a cure of Tuberculosis. He has only enough time and resources to take on one more patient, and he is faced with the decision to cure a good but poor medical colleague or a talented artist who is a bit of a ...more
Leslie
Jul 18, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this full cast audiobook while skimming/reading the play in my Kindle omnibus The Plays of Shaw.

I realized fairly quickly after starting this play that I had seen a film version of it with Leslie Caron. While I enjoyed listening to the play, I would recommend the 1958 movie over this audiobook to anyone interested in it. The pace of the audiobook (too slow) and the necessary (but not always complete) stage directions interrupting the flow both detracted from my enjoyment.

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Shelbi
Jun 30, 2014 Shelbi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really starting to understand why George Bernard Shaw is held in such high regard in the literary world. He is an incredible writer. Shaw is one of the most opinionated authors that I have ever come across, but he writes in such a persuasive way that even if my opinion may differ, I still enjoy the story. Doctor's Dilemma was no different. In this play, Shaw toys with the idea of many different kinds of doctors. Doctors all believe that they are right, but often that other doctors are not, ...more
Laura Verret
Definitely one of Shaw's better plays - it is not as overtly Marxist as his others (Man and Superman, Arms and the Man, etc.). The story is of a Doctor who has just been knighted for his discovery of vaccination. He is called upon by a woman to exercise his vaccination of tuberculosis on her scoundrelish husband. The rest of the story is for you to read. This part, immediately following the death of Mr. Dubedat, I thought was particularly hilarious:


THE NEWSPAPER MAN. Mrs. Dubedat said she was co
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Steven
May 31, 2015 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, comedy, irish
A topical satire on healthcare and the choice of who to save.
Bruce
Aug 17, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Angela
A little hard to follow on audiobook. A funny but not hilarious send-up of the medical profession, and definitely a tragic comedy.
Jesse Field
Feb 23, 2017 Jesse Field rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: story
Not my favorite of the plays, so far, though the satire of the medical profession is as funny as ever.
Marlan
Dec 20, 2011 Marlan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me three hours to slog through the introduction, and I probably wouldn't have made it had I not been hunkered down at a Silent Reading Party. Shaw goes into great detail on his (now sufficiently outdated) criticisms of doctors and the medical profession, and his writing waxed tedious. This was written in 1906, and Shaw was rabidly anti-vaccination, highly suspicious of the motivations of physicians, and thought good ventilation and sanitation would cure infectious diseases like tuberculo ...more
Omaid ibn Naimet
Aug 07, 2015 Omaid ibn Naimet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought of giving this a 3 star as whilst reading through it I didn't feel anything special about it. It was only when I finished the book and recollected the events presented therein, I found how the message present in the plot regardless of being simple, can be related to in the present era and how true it is. Thence I felt unjust to not give it a 4 star.

Throughout the book I found it humorous how every doctor had this one remedy for all ailments, be it cough, fever or headache, the suspect
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Thom Swennes
A talented man may not necessarily be a good one. As a whole I seldom read plays. This isn't because of any particular aversion to the genre but rather that other forms of prose are more numerous and readily available. This particular play has it all, humor, suspense and a mundane believability that weathers the test of time. A doctor, recently knighted for his contributions in the care and cure of tuberculosis, is busy being congratulated by his colleagues, when he is interrupted by the wife of ...more
Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Doctor 19s Dilemma:-

When it comes to a choice of only one patient you can save, who do you choose - is it the rogue with an attractive wife, or a sincere poor colleague who did much good and helped the poor and has no money left?

Sunday, September 21, 2008.
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Craig
May 21, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very clever, makes cutting social points about death and the medical profession--still highly relevant (considering the ongoing NHS debates in the UK, or healthcare debate in the US for that matter..) One of my favourite quotes from the play: 'every profession is a conspiracy against the laity'. Brilliantly witty as ever for Shaw.
Gamaleldin Soliman
Shaw shows how spectacular and even accused trials of doctors
to prevent an illness.
With a bitter mockery, explains the futile essays of injecting ppl with TB strains,
in order that they'd be protected from a later infection.
And how ppl get the infection, without being exposed to a diseased person.
Jill Myers
I almost abandoned this book because the first act was so beyond my understanding or caring. I was persuaded to pick it up again due to some reviews I read and am glad I did. I loathe giving up books that I have invested time in reading. However, I'm not sure I would actually recommend that anyone else read it...
Boni
Mar 07, 2014 Boni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Though the play deals with a serious subject matter, it is treated with hilarity and farce.

When a doctor discovers a new cure for tuberculosis, he can only treat ten patients at a time. He must choose between a poor colleague and a painter who is the husband of the woman he loves. That is the dilemma.
Shashank Singh
My recurring thought while reading George Bernard Shaw: so much common sense is quite uncommon and never this funny.

I’m beginning to realize that George Bernard Shaw’s prefaces are as good if not better than his plays, which is saying something because his plays are quite good.


Karen Heart
I listened to the LibriVox audiobook, which was wonderfully done.
This play is both funny and real. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
Shandy
Apr 13, 2016 Shandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel is fun, witty and a good story. Easy but a great read. Definitely a classic.
Tim
Feb 22, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny and cleverly written play that, due to its age, was a refreshing change of pace.
Tadas Talaikis
Oct 16, 2016 Tadas Talaikis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't believe in morality, I know Bernard Shaw. Haha.
Elin
Oct 17, 2013 Elin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It felt like I kinda wasted my time listening to this play.
Jennifer
RIDGEON. Yes. Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
Leslie
Jul 18, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, plays, british
Review to come

Read as part of the Kindle omnibus "The Plays of Shaw" while listening to the Librivox recording, 18 May 2015
Otávio Augusto
Jul 01, 2010 Otávio Augusto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arts, play
a story full of satire within realism; it is interesting how up to date this story is, and how serious are the themes argued in this comedic play,
Adorable.
Mike Jensen
Jan 22, 2014 Mike Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Shaw's greatest plays.
Bharat Sharma
Apr 11, 2013 Bharat Sharma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 100 years of medicine after GBS, and he still wins hands-down in his understanding of science, arts and business of Medical Practice
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George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but ...more
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