Doctors Dissected: Dr John Bretton, Villette, Charlotte Brontë (1853)

It’s tempting to characterise the host of doctors in Victorian fiction as a gallery of rogues and romantic heroes. But how do medical practitioners really feature in nineteenth-century narratives? In ‘Doctors Dissected’, a new series of blog posts, I’ll be reappraising the roles they play in canonical and lesser-known novels… “Charlotte Brontë”, George Richmond (1850), National Portrait…