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Letters to a Doctor

A “passion file” containing letters and gifts from love sick patients to their doctors is being kept by the Medical Defence Union in London. The letters are mainly written by middle-class women with a crush on their doctors… ‘When a doctor gets something of this sort he treats it like a hot potato’ Dr. Wall, of the MDU, said. ‘He always gets rid of the patient on to someone else’s list’ 
(DAILY TELEGRAPH)


Dear Dr. Grant,
You must help me. I can hardly sleep at nights. I lie awake in a sort of fever, tossing and turning, just thinking of you. I have lost my appetite and seem no longer able to concentrate on anything. You are the only person I can tell about this.
Yours,
Elizabeth Jones

Dear Mrs. Jones,
I am transferring you immediately to Dr. Horslock’s list. I hope you will understand that there can never be anything between us and that it is better if we do not see each other again. I trust you will recover soon; Dr. Horslock is an excellent practitioner and I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Yours sincerely,
Arthur Grant

Dear Dr. Grant,
I thought you might like to know that Dr. Horslock diagnosed my trouble as influenza and that I am now in excellent health.
As for the other matter to which you refer, I had no idea you felt like that about me and I can only admire the way you have always hidden these feelings. It was entirely honourable of you to transfer me to Dr. Horslock. Rest assured your secret is safe with me.
Yours,
Elizabeth Jones
UNION COMMENT:
Dr. Grant has sent us thirty other similar correspondences. We have urged him to be less suspicious.


Dear Dr. Anstruther,
I want you to examine me all over.
Yours,
Fiona Standing


Dear Mrs. Standing,
How do you mean?
Yours,
Dr. Anstruther

 

Dear Dr. Anstruther,
What I say. I want you to take a look at my body. Please.
Yours,
Fiona Standing

 

Dear Mrs. Standing,
Yes, but is there any particular reason? I mean, what do you have in mind? I would appreciate a detailed answer before I can make an appointment.
Yours,
Dr. Anstruther

 

Dear Dr. Anstruther,
Yes, there is something special I want you to see.
Yours,
Fiona Standing

 

Dear Mrs. Standing,
I hope you will understand if I tell you there is now a special questionnaire I am sending to female patients who wish to be examined. Please fill it in and return.
1. What are your feelings about your doctor?
2. Do you undertake to behave as I ask you during any physical examination?
3. Are you happily married?
4. If necessary, would you consent to have someone else present during the examination?
Yours,
Dr. Anstruther

 

Dear Dr. Anstruther,
I find your veiled proposals nauseating. If I cannot request my doctor for a straightforward chest check-up without being invited to an orgy, whom can one trust? Thank God I found out in time.
Yours,
Fiona Standing
UNION COMMENT:
Mrs. Standing was transferred to Dr. Horslock’s list, at her own request.

 

To Dr. Carstairs
My darling,
I cannot wait to see you again. I love you so terribly it hurts. I think of you night and day. But it won’t be long now.
All my love,
Kate
UNION COMMENT:
Dr. Carstairs has requested the return of this letter, which he now realises is from his wife.

 

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