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A Country Doctor's Notebook—Mikhail Bulgakov
  1. Malcolm Proudfoot
  1. Department of Neurology, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Malcolm Proudfoot, Department of Neurology, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester, UK; m.proudfoot{at}gmail.com

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Soviet author and physician, Mikhail Bulgakov, with permission (Olga Shirnina)

The Gloucester Neurology Book Club tackled a work by Mikhail Bulgakov, most famous as the author of the classic Soviet satire, The Master and Margarita. We discussed his earlier work, A Country Doctor's Notebook, drawn from his first-hand experiences working as a newly qualified doctor in precommunist rural Russia. These chronologically arranged, loosely linked chapters that had been published individually in contemporary medical journals so as to slip beneath the radar of the Soviet censors describe his initial shock, terror, loneliness and eventually growing self-confidence as he was thrown into solo practice.

The book is both entertaining …

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