Dr. A. J. Cronin, author of a new medical novel, "The Citadel," after graduating in medicine practiced in South Wales in a coal mining area. He contributed several items to medical research, including one article entitled "Dust Inhalation by Hematite Miners" and another on "First Aid in Coal Mines." The list of British doctors who write for a living is long, and many of them, such as Francis Brett Young, Somerset Maugham, R. Austin Freeman, L. A. G. Strong and others of lesser rank, are quite successful. In the United States we have had a few successful physicianfictionists. The great medical novels have not been written by doctors but by those outside the profession. True, Oliver Wendell Holmes, S. Weir Mitchell and many others reflected the work of the doctor in their writings, but not one of their medical novels attained a stature comparable to their work in other fields.
THE CITADEL. JAMA. 1937;109(12):956–957. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780380040012