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July 16, 1973

James Joyce and Medicine

Author Affiliations

Mercer's Hospital Dublin, Ireland

JAMA. 1973;225(3):313-314. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220300069027

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To the Editor.—  For some years I have been engaged on a clinical appraisal of James Joyce and his writings. My book on the subject, James Joyce and Medicine, will be published by the Dolmen Press, Dublin, in the next few weeks. Accordingly, I was interested in N. J. C. Andreasen's contribution to your book number (224:67, 1973), but there are errors and inconsistency in her unsympathetic essay.Admittedly the errors are minor ones—Joyce's first publication was The Day of the Rabblement not Chamber Music; the family lived in Paris not Zurich when Lucia Joyce came under Jung's care; Joyce's final illness was complicated by gastrointestinal haemorrhage but the cause of death was peritonitis following a perforated duodenal ulcer—but they may indicate that Dr. Andreasen's study has been less than meticulous. She does not mention in her bibliography the three volumes of Joyce's letters so indispensable to anyone interested in