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The Citadel

The Citadel - A.J. Cronin If you are in the medical field, this book is likely to stay with you. It is a very inspiring tale of a young man who goes into medicine with the most altruistic of intentions, hones his craft working for the needy, but is lured into a wealthy private practice treating hypochondriac well-to-do patients who don't really need his skills, but who pay him well. The young doctor is temporarily led astray by the trappings of money and prestige, but a dramatic incident opens his eyes to what he has become. In the end, he returns to his roots and to a practice treating a community truly in need of a fine young physician. I have given this book as a graduation present to a cousin and a friend when they graduated from medical school, and both later told me it was one of the most uplifting and inspirational medical dramas they have ever read.