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When I was a medical student I had occasion in the wards of St. Thomas's
Hospital to see the effects of suffering on patients of all sorts. During the war I had
the same experience, and I have seen also the effects of mental suffering.
I asked my friends what effect the catastrophe had on those who were saved. I
wanted to know whether the fearful danger and the miraculous escape had had a
spiritual or a moral effect on them, whether it changed their lives afterwards, ...
I think many people shrink from the notion that the accidents of the body can have
an effect on the constitution of the soul. There is nothing of which for my own part
I am more assured. My soul would have been quite different if I had not ...
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A compilation of notes kept over his lifetime and published just before Maugham's death. Though there were some pearls of wisdom and insightful comments on writing it was his commentary on daily life ... Read full review