The Doctor’s Case
is the latest book from Dr Maurice Guéret.

This new collection of writing follows on the success of his bestseller What The Doctor Saw.

Known for his popular dose of Rude Health each week in the Sunday Independent, the good doctor delves deep into his Gladstone bag to uncover a delightful repository of clinical gems. Dr Guéret ventures out on  busman’s holidays to Venice, Paris, Madrid, Florence, Madeira and further afield. He ponders whether the varicose veins that run in the legs of his family saved grandfather Guéret’s life during the Great War at Ypres. He examines Roald Dahl’s Medical History, Odd Popes, Spanish Influenza, Treatment of Haemorrhoids in Lanzarote, Dying in Zurich, Deceased Golfers, Nicknames for Surgeons, Bad Breath, Medical Murderers, Famous Children of Doctors, Veterinary Malapropisms, Romantic Hospital Fiction and much more. Delivered with his trademark wry and witty style, this superb compilation of writings will delight readers who already love his work, and bring plenty of new admirers too.


  • Superb showcase, a brilliant compilation from a skilful writer with a great wit. Alexander Fitzgerald, Editor, Irish Tatler Man
  • While much of this book is highly amusing and all of it very readable, there is an utter, utter seriousness at its heart. Both of Dr Guéret’s books are valuable additions to the medical literature. Professor Brendan Kelly, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine
  • He has produced a rarity – a second book that is even better than the first. Incisive, observant and humorous without losing any of the essential humanity so prominent in the author’s debut. Dr Stephen McWilliams, Irish Medical News

5 responses to “THE DOCTOR’S CASE

  1. Sean Marron

    Your article in Sunday Independent Life 28th. October on whitlows brought back a memory from the mid 1940s (I was about 10 at the time). My mother kept one hive of domestic bees which under her management produced a lot of honey in what we called sections -a wooden frame which contained about 1 lb.of honey in a bees wax comb.She was either approached by a neighbour for some honey or she heard that the neighbour had a whitlow and she was aware of what was regarded as a cure for the whitlow or the neighbour knew of this cure and was aware of honey as a recognised cure and asked my mother for some. My mother provided the honey and I am sure it was used as an application to the whitlow area. I have no recollection of hearing whether it worked.
    Another ointment which my elder brother used when he started farming and had soft hands which developed what we called “HACKS” was Snowfire ointment. This is still available according to the web. Another treatment for “HACKS”.was ZAMBUK This is also available acrding to the web.. Hopw you find this information of interest, (I have been in touch with you before ref Sloans Linament. Best wishes.

  2. Robert Sillery

    The dreaded whitlow, or ‘whittle’ as it was commonly know in my West Limerick village of the early ’50,s, was, perversely, taken as a badge of honour amongst we short-trousered and often ire-chafed children. When my much anticipated whitlow duly arrived, I was dispatched by my mother to the dispensary nurse to have the throbbing pain relieved and the yellow mater removed. My bravado was quickly deflated when the whitlow was expertly dealt with by means of a scalpel. I promptly fainted! This unflattering episode, of course, was never revealed to those schoolyard pipsqueaks who may have taken pleasure in my discomfort. Instead, a tale of heroic stoicism in the face of incredible pain and a blunt scalpel gained credence and some kudos for a vain young fellow in the rough and tumble of a country school. The cowardice exhibited in the saga of the whitlow remains with me, nearly 60 years later. !!

  3. Maureen nugent

    You are a gem . A cross between Gene Kerrigan , Hugh Leonard and Richard Atinboragha. You once published a poem about a nurse , God bless you nurse and may you always be , , would love you to publish it again as i lost it , Keep up the books , Love , What the doctor saw. regards Maureen Nugent ,

  4. Ann Finn

    Congratulations Dr Gueret on quitting smoking, well done./ I love your column and miss it when we are away. Keep up the good work.
    Ann Finn

    • Brenda Larkin

      Really looking forward to the new book. Enjoyed the last. Having been in the health service in a variety of hospitals & practices I really appreciate Maurice ‘ s comments, anecdotes & wry humour.

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