The Doctor's Dilemma Author:Bernard Shaw "I do not know a single thoughtful and well-in-formed person who does not feel that the tragedy of illness at present is that it delivers you helplessly into the hands of a profession which you deeply mistrust." — Thus Shaw launches his long and brilliant preface to The Doctor's Dilemma. Shaw often vented his own deep mistrust of doctors, but nev... more »er more masterfully than in this play. As an attack on the medical profession, the play is pointed but not caustic, and throughout it sparkles with an abundance of Shavian wit.
Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856 and died at Ayot St. Lawrence, Herts, in 1950. He made his early reputation as a journalist-critic of books, art, music, and drama. Aleader of the famed Fabian Society, he figured prominently not only as a pamphleteer and platform orator, but as a serious economist and pilosopher. In 1892 he tured to writing plays, but it was not until some twelve years later that the opposition he had always to face at first was overcome sufficiently to establish him as an irresistible force in the theater and evenually as one of the greatest dramatists of all time.« less