Dr. Finlay's Casebook: Omnibus

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Dr. Finlay's Casebook: Omnibus

Dr. Finlay's Casebook: Omnibus

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I will try to look back with fondness on book one - but only if I succeed in completely forgetting book two. J. Cronin because the basis for a long-running and very popular BBC production by the same name in the 1960’s followed by a radio program in the 1970’s. Made famous by the much-loved adaptations for radio and television, the classic tales of Dr Finlay, his senior colleague Dr Cameron and Janet, their unruffled housekeeper, remain as fresh and entertaining now as they were upon first publication.

In 1916 he served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteers Reserve, and at the war's end he completed his medical studies and practiced in South Wales.

The stories in themselves are fine, the writing and moral issues covered are relevant to it being written in the 1930's.

My only complaint is that Cronin's obsessive defense of his own Catholicism tends, once more, to be tiresome, but possibly appropriate in the UK of his day. The first half consists of several short, slice-of-life stories about the life of a Scottish country doctor in the immediate pre-NHS era, and they're a bit dated in style but mostly interesting and enjoyable. After the war, he investigated occupational diseases in the coal industry and worked as a general practitioner in Wales and London. The characters were revived by ITV from 1993-96 and were adapted again for BBC radio in 2001 and 2002.Most people will have heard of Dr Finlay, although they may not be entirely sure why - A J Cronin's stories of a fictional doctor in pre-War Scotland have been televised over the years, most recently in the nineties when David Rintoul starred as Dr Finlay. Bizarrely, the publishers have decided to put the Dr Finlay book written in the ‘70s, which is far poorer, as the first part, and the superior, earlier written one second. It has more depth in a way than Herriot's stories ( which are more personal accounts) and Finlay comes across as a wonderful character. His best-known works are The Stars Look Down, The Citadel, The Keys of the Kingdom and The Green Years, all of which were adapted to film. I am glad that this site has been updated since I last looked in - when Effie Morrison was only credited with 4 episodes!

Although fictional, A J Cronin, who died in 1981, was himself a doctor and has apparently based some of Finlay's experiences on his own.I can see how it very much worked for a weekly television serial but sadly, unlike the Citadel it doesn't seem to have stood the test of time as well. There is also an element of cruelty in some of the stories which was clearly removed in the TV series for obvious reasons: Finlay pushes a man in a wheelchair down a hill into a bush and he deliberately poisons an old lady (but not fatally! Dr Finlay's Casebook is a delightful collection of episodic stories of Dr Finlay and his life in the fictional Scottish village of Tannochbrae during the inter-war years and based on A. Not sentimental, but kindly, and Dr Finlay’s responses and reactions also human, sometimes impatient and angry, though with utmost effort keeping a professional demeanour.

It was coarse, unbelievable, and involved the character assassination of all of the characters from the first book and a bunch of new ones besides. Whenever the dilemma results from Finlay's own failings, the blame is miraculously transferred to a one-dimensional secondary character who is appropriately punished, while Finlay is celebrated as a hero. I once had to make a train journey all by myself and as I had just had my appendix out my mother paid for a first class ticket. The second part was set in the town of Tannoch Brae, was about the same characters, but otherwise gave no recognition to the previous part.Change country: -Select- Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Bahamas Bahrain Barbados Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil British Virgin Islands Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Islands Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Cook Islands Cyprus Czech Republic Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Democratic Republic of the Congo Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia Gabon Republic Gambia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guam Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Mali Malta Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Namibia Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Niue Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Republic of Croatia Republic of the Congo Reunion Romania Saint Helena Saint Kitts-Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines San Marino Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vatican City State Venezuela Virgin Islands (U. Unfortunately some industry was attracted to the limited power of the river - leaving few postcard opportunities in the towns for the TV crews! These tales are set in the early years of the 20th century in the town of Levenford and the stories centre largely on Dr Finlay’s interaction with his patients and were most enjoyable to read.

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