‘When I want to know the real rock-bottom truth about what happens all the time in this doctoring life, what happens to us, and to the folks who bring us their hearts and worries to be heard, that’s when I turn, every time, to the novelists, the playwrights, the poets, the essayists, who have given us the sights and sounds, the feel, of all that goes on, minute by minute. What Tolstoy and Chekhov knew, we need to know for ourselves, for our own sakes, as we live out our medical lives.’ William Carlos Williams ‘The most fundamental of all consulting skills is genuine curiosity about other people, the constant urge to wonder ‘Why are they as they are?’ We should open our minds to the life of the imagination not just for its entertainment value, but for the mindset of curiosity it engenders in us. Such books as John Salinsky describes in this and his previous volume combine powerful opportunities for our own professional growth with pleasure and recreation too.’ Roger Neighbour in his Foreword ‘This carefully assembled, wonderfully telling book is a “companion,” for sure, a lasting and most helpful one, for the medical travelling that awaits us.’ Robert Coles in his Foreword.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByJohn Salinsky

chapter 2|12 pages

As You Like It

ByWilliam Shakespeare

chapter 3|16 pages


ByJane Austen

chapter 4|18 pages


ByMary Shelley, Gillie Bolton

chapter 5|20 pages

Jane Eyre

ByCharlotte Brontë

chapter 6|16 pages


ByHerman Melville

chapter 7|16 pages

Fathers and Sons

ByIvan Turgenev

chapter 8|14 pages

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

ByRobert Louis Stevenson, Brian Glasser

chapter 9|20 pages

The Death of Ivan llyich

ByLeo Tolstoy

chapter 10|14 pages

Heart of Darkness

ByJoseph Conrad

chapter 11|24 pages

The Metamorphosis, The Burrow and Josephine the Singer

Three animal stories
ByFranz Kafka

chapter 12|28 pages

Women in Love

ByDH Lawrence

chapter 13|40 pages

A Passage to India

ByEM Forster

chapter 14|16 pages

Mrs Dalloway

ByVirginia Woolf, Wai-Ching Leung

chapter 15|14 pages

Decline and Fall

ByEvelyn Waugh

chapter 16|18 pages

One Hundred Years of Solitude

ByGabriel García Márquez