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Dalrymple, Theodore

Overview
Works: 59 works in 190 publications in 6 languages and 5,829 library holdings
Genres: History  Anecdotes  Biography  Fiction  Humor  Satire  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Interviewee
Classifications: HM621, 362.20869420941
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Most widely held works by Theodore Dalrymple
Life at the bottom : the worldview that makes the underclass by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dalrymple, a British psychiatrist, "offers a searing account--probably the best yet published--of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does."
Romancing opiates : pharmacological lies and the addiction bureaucracy by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Almost everything you know about heroin addiction is wrong. Not only is it wrong, but it is obviously wrong. Heroin is not highly addictive; withdrawal from it is not medically serious; addicts do not become criminals to feed their habit; addicts do not need any medical assistance to stop taking heroin; and contrary to received wisdom, heroin addiction most certainly is a moral or spiritual problem." "Based on his ample experience as a prison doctor and as a psychiatrist in a large general hospital in a British slum, Dr. Dalrymple argues that addiction to opiates is not an illness at all, and that doctors only make it worse. They deceive both the addicts and themselves by pretending that they have something to offer."--Jacket
In praise of prejudice : the necessity of preconceived ideas by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Dutch and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today, the word prejudice has come to seem synonymous with bigotry; therefore the only way a person can establish freedom from bigotry is by claiming to have wiped his mind free from prejudice. English psychiatrist and writer Theodore Dalrymple shows that freeing the mind from prejudice is not only impossible, but entails intellectual, moral and emotional dishonesty. The attempt to eradicate prejudice has several dire consequences for the individual and society as a whole
Not with a bang but a whimper : the politics and culture of decline by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Not with a Bang But a Whimper, he takes rite measure of out cultural decline, noting that our current age seems exceptional in the peculiarity of its unease: "Never in human history have people lived such long and pain-free lives; never have so many people, and so high a proportion of people, had so much freedom to choose how to live, what goals to pursue, and how to divert themselves. On the other hand, never have so many people felt anxious and depressed, and resorted to pills to case their distress. Mankind has labored long and hard to produce a cornucopia for itself, only to discover that the cornucopia does not bring the happiness expected, but only a different kind of anxiety."" "Mr. Dalrymple's special attention is to the British experience - its bureaucratic muddle, oppressive welfare mentality, and aimless young - all produced by people and programs in pursuit of democracy and freedom. He shows how terrorism and the growing numbers of Muslim minorities have changed public life in Britain and elsewhere. Also in the book are Mr. Dalrymple's trenchant observations on artists and ideologues, and on the treatment of criminals and the mentally disturbed, his are of medical interest."--Jacket
The new Vichy syndrome : why European intellectuals surrender to barbarism by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In many ways, things have never been better on the old continent. On the other hand, there is growing anxiety that Europe is quickly falling behind in an aggressive, globalized world
If symptoms still persist by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spoilt rotten : the toxic cult of sentimentality by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this perceptive and witty book, Theodore Dalrymple unmasks the hidden sentimentality that is suffocating public life. Under the multiple guises of raising children well, caring for the underprivileged, assisting the less able and doing good generally, we are achieving quite the opposite-for the single purpose of feeling good about ourselves. Dalrymple takes the reader on both an entertaining and at times shocking journey through social, political, popular and literary issues as diverse as child tantrums, aggression, educational reform, honour killings, sexual abuse, Che Guevara, Eric Segal, Romeo and Juliet, the McCanns, public emotions and the role of suffering, and shows the perverse results when we abandon logic in favour of the cult of feeling. Drawing on his long experience of working with thousands of criminals and the mentally disturbed, Dalrymple proves that we can only hope to make a difference - if we start with thinking well
So little done : the testament of a serial killer by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and Dutch and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graham Underwood is an unusual serial killer. Having spent most of his spare time for the past twenty years reading in the public library, he is able after his arrest to write a sophisticated and bitingly witty philosophical justification for the murder of his many victims
Admirable evasions : how psychology undermines morality by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Admirable Evasions, Theodore Dalrymple explains why human self-understanding has not been bettered by the false promises of the different schools of psychological thought. Most psychological explanations of human behavior are not only ludicrously inadequate oversimplifications, argues Dalrymple, they are socially harmful in that they allow those who believe in them to evade personal responsibility for their actions and to put the blame on a multitude of scapegoats: on their childhood, their genes, their neurochemistry, even on evolutionary pressures. The author reveals how the fashionable schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, modern neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology all prevent the kind of honest self-examination that is necessary to the formation of human character. Instead, they promote self-obsession without self-examination, and the gross overuse of medicines that affect the mind. Admirable Evasions also considers metaphysical objections to the assumptions of psychology, and suggests that literature is a far more illuminating window into the human condition than psychology could ever hope to be. --from inside jacket flap
Litter : how other people's rubbish shapes our lives by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean for our culture when your country is covered with trash? Writer Theodore Dalrymple drove four hundred miles along a motorway and found practically every yard of roadside to be littered with rubbish flapping in the wind like Buddhist prayer flags, which prompted him to write this heart-felt polemic about modern Britain
Anything goes : the death of honesty by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of never-before-seen pieces from one of Britain's most respected, admired and controversial commentators. Drawing on his vast experience as an inner-city doctor, Theodore Dalrymple, sometimes described as 'the Orwell of our times', examines the state of the NHS, the education system, British crime and criminal justice and, of course, politics
Mass listeria : the meaning of health scares by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Junk medicine : doctors, lies and the addicition bureaucracy by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost everything you know about heroin addiction is wrong. Not only is it wrong, but it is obviously wrong. Heroin is not highly addictive; withdrawal from it is not medically serious; addicts do not become criminals to feed their habit; addicts do not need any medical assistance to stop taking heroin; and contrary to received wisdom, heroin addiction most certainly IS a moral or spiritual problem. Based on his experience as a prison doctor and as a psychiatrist in a large general hospital in Birmingham, Dr. Dalrymple argues that addiction to heroin is not an illness at all, and that doctors only make it worse. They deceive both the addicts and themselves by pretending that they have something to offer. In this brilliant, entertaining and provocative book, Theodore Dalrymple explains how and why a literary tradition dating back to De Quincey and Coleridge, and continuing up to the deeply sociopathic William Burroughs and beyond, has misled all Western societies for generations about the nature of heroin addiction. These writers' self-dramatizing and dishonest accounts of their own addiction have been accepted uncritically, and have been more influential by far in forming public attitudes than the whole of pharmacological science. As a result, a self-serving, self-perpetuating and completely useless medical bureaucracy has been set up to deal with the problem. With scathing wit, implacable logic and savage denunciation, Dr. Dalrymple exposes the mythology surrounding heroin addiction. Moving seamlessly between literature, pharmacology, history and philosophy, he demonstrates what happens when the nature of a social problem is so thoroughly misunderstood, and when human beings are regarded as inanimate objects rather than as agents of their own destiny. His scintillating, iconoclastic little book has an importance far beyond its immediate subject matter
Second opinion : a doctor's dispatches from the British inner city by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pit of shame : the real ballad of Reading Gaol by Anthony Stokes( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pit of Shame is an unique account of the life and times of one of the UK's most famous prisons - a fame that flows directly from an account of the execution of Trooper Charles Thomas Wooldridge (CTW) as written by Reading Gaol's best-known prisoner, C.3.3, the pseudonym of Oscar Wilde. Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol, his last work for publication in 1898 is known the world over for its insight and telling phrases, such as 'bricks of shame', 'souls in pain' and 'that little tent of blue, that prisoners call the sky'. Possibly the greatest and most influential artistic work in terms of penal reform and conveying to outsiders the soul desolate nature and experience of imprisonment, the ballad crystalises the degradation, isolation, fear, introspection and sense of loss involved. This new book also looks at the ballad from a fresh perspective: that of a serving prison officer who has spent a substantial part of his career inside the very prison that Wilde wrote about - noting on a daily basis connections between its fabric, the prison system and the ballad as well as with the town of Reading. The result is a fine work that casts new light on Wilde's incarceration, suggests a number of fresh explanations for some lines of the ballad and puts forward an until now unpublished explanation as to why Reading was chosen for Wilde. Indicative of this approach, Anthony Stokes explains why even C.3.3 is not what it seems, why certain lines in the ballad have been misunderstood by 'experts' given the context and times. But Anthony Stoke's book is much more than this. Based on minute research over more than ten years it traces the history of Reading Gaol from early times to the present day, dealing with its role as a bridewell, local prison and today one that carries out ground-breaking work with young offenders. There are also chapters on its use as a place of internment for Irish Republicans in the wake of the Easter Rising, as a top secret Correctional Centre for Canadian troops serving in England during World War II, escape attempts, riots and the executions that took place at Reading over the years including during the time when James Marwood (the inventor of the 'long drop') officiated; much of this based on official records and Execution Log. There are also notes on other interesting prisoners ranging from the notorious Reading baby farmer Amelia Dyer to the Hollywood TV and movie actor, Stacey Keach. But above all it is Oscar Wilde and the Ballad of Reading Goal that permeate and inform this book as the author seeks to combine information about the prison with frequently telling explanations that all too often converge with the more universal nerve that was touched upon by one of England's greatest creative minds - making Pit of Shame a book for every Wilde afficionado, penal reformer and student of English literature. With a special 16 page collection of illustrations charting life in Reading Gaol and of some of its prisoners
Beschaving, of wat ervan over is : nieuwe essays van een spraakmakend cultuurcriticus by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in Dutch and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pleasure of thinking : my lifelong addiction to reading by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using these quotes as a starting point, journalist and prison psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple writes a light-hearted memoir of his lifelong addiction to thinking and how serendipity led him on a journey of discovery
Door en door verwend : kritiek op de sentimentele samenleving by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in Dutch and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kritische beschouwing door de Britse arts en psychiater over de tegenwoordige, redeloze verheerlijking van het sentiment
An intelligent person's guide to medicine by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although we live healthier lives than ever before, concerns about health have never been greater. Nerve-racking tales of incompetent or even murderous doctors abound, while at the same time we are bombarded by stories of amazing technical advances that promise to abolish ageing and illness forever." "In this controversial book, Theodore Dalrymple takes a step back and examines health and healthcare from a philosophical viewpoint. He argues that good health is greatly over-valued as an ideal, that it is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition of 'the good life', that the search for health can be made to serve totalitarian ends, and that no one has a right to healthcare." "Medical paternalism is often justified, he argues: patients are not customers, medical ethics are more complicated than most philosophers seem to appreciate, addiction is as much a moral problem as a physical one, and doctors cannot always be morally neutral or non-judgemental with regard to the lives and conduct of their patients." "Most of his opinions are in complete disagreement with the prevailing orthodoxy, and his forthright views are certain to cause heated debate in both lay and professional quarters."--Jacket
The examined life by Theodore Dalrymple( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Polish and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Life at the bottom : the worldview that makes the underclass
Alternative Names

controlled identityDaniels, Anthony, 1949-

controlled identityMsigwa, Thursday

Anthony Daniels

Dalyrmple, Theodore

Daniels, Anthony 1949-

Darlymple, Theodore 1949-

Theodore Dalrymple britischer Schriftsteller und Essayist

Theodore Dalrymple Brits journalist

Languages
English (123)

Dutch (15)

Czech (2)

Swedish (1)

Polish (1)

Korean (1)

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Romancing opiates : pharmacological lies and the addiction bureaucracyIn praise of prejudice : the necessity of preconceived ideasNot with a bang but a whimper : the politics and culture of declineThe new Vichy syndrome : why European intellectuals surrender to barbarismIf symptoms still persistSpoilt rotten : the toxic cult of sentimentalitySo little done : the testament of a serial killerLitter : how other people's rubbish shapes our lives