The thesis of this play, revolutionary for its time, was that medical doctors inevitably face a dilemma between the need to care for their patients and the need to practice often unnecessary operations on them in order to earn their livelihood. It was modelled on the behaviour of a prominent Ear Nose and Throat specialist in London who had developed a simple and harmless operation to remove the uvula. This benefitted none of his patients but made the surgeon concered a great deal of money. The play also attacked aspects of the germ theory of disease, and included socialist and anti-vivisectionist viewpoints.
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The blowhards, the know-it-alls, the scrupulous and the impecunious are all targets for Shaw's incisive wit in his classic satire of the medical profession. A well-respected physician is forced to choose whom he shall save: a bumbling friend or the ne'er-do-well husband of the woman he loves.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jane Carr, Gregory Cooke, Kenneth Danziger, Roy Dotrice, Martin Jarvis, Jennifer Dundas Lowe, Simon Templeman, Douglas Weston and Paxton Whitehead.
The Doctor's Dilemma is part of L.A. Theatre Works' Relativity Series featuring science themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.About the Author:
George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856. Essentially shy, he created the persona of G.B.S., the showman, satirist, controversialist, critic, pundit, wit, intellectual buffoon and dramatist. Commentators brought a new adjective into English: Shavian, a term used to embody all his brilliant qualities. After his arrival to London in 1876, he became an active Socialist and wrote on many social aspects of the day. Some of his works include Â“Commonsense about the War Â” (1914), Â“How to Settle the Irish QuestionÂ” (1917) and more. He wrote five novels and some shorter fictions. He conducted a strong attack on the London theatre and was closely associated with the intellectual revival of British theatre. George Bernard Shaw was awarded the Novel Prize in Literature in 1925 and died in 1950.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1950. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140480013