This book was given to me by a good friend when I first started medical school. “For those hard times while trying to conquer your own citadel,” the inscription read. Slightly melodramatic perhaps, but I had to admit that I was interested and the first paragraph draws you right in.
The main character is Andrew Manson, a young doctor just out of medical school, fresh, naive, and headstrong and eager to start practising medicine. His first post takes him to an obscure mining village in Wales where he arrives to find that he will be very much on his own. He has to use common-sense, his wits, and only a little of what he learnt in medical school to survive.
Having become established in the mining village he decides to quit his job and move elsewhere for various reasons-a trend which he establishes throughout the book in his constant search