The Lockdown Chronicles 39: Bernard

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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His play The Doctor’s Dilemma was first staged in 1906. It is a problem play about the moral dilemmas created by limited medical resources, and the conflicts between the demands of private medicine as a business and a vocation [Wikipedia entry].

Source texts: Gabriel Scally @GabrielScally (9 June 2020, 8:52 PM BST). #COVID19 drive-in test centres run by Deloitte; contract tracing run by Serco, helped by Capita. I think George Bernard Shaw had something to say on the matter in 1911. #coronavirus. Tweet. Available from https://twitter.com/GabrielScally/status/1270443754613325824 [Accessed 9 June 2020]. Shaw, G. (1909) The Doctor’s Dilemma: Preface on Doctors, Project Gutenberg. Available via https://www.gutenberg.org/files/5069/5069-h/5069-h.htm [Accessed 9 June 2020]. Additional references below.

Source image: Photograph of Bernard Shaw writing in notebook at time of first production of his play “Pygmalion”, 1914. LIFE Photo Archive on Google, © Time Inc. Original for personal non-commercial use only.  Photo reused here under educational fair dealing via Wikimedia Commons. This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.

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Gabriel Scally @GabrielScally (9 June 2020, 8:52 PM BST). #COVID19 drive-in test centres run by Deloitte; contract tracing run by Serco, helped by Capita. I think George Bernard Shaw had something to say on the matter in 1911. #coronavirus. Tweet. Available from https://twitter.com/GabrielScally/status/1270443754613325824 [Accessed 9 June 2020].

Shaw, G. (1909) The Doctor’s Dilemma: Preface on Doctors, Project Gutenberg. Available via https://www.gutenberg.org/files/5069/5069-h/5069-h.htm [Accessed 9 June 2020].

Taylor, D. (6 June 2020) “Serco wins Covid-19 test-and-trace contract despite £1m fine”. The Guardian. Available at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/06/serco-wins-covid-19-test-and-trace-contract-despite-1m-fine [Accessed 9 June 2020]

Garside, J. (23 April 2020) “Hospitals sound alarm over privately run virus test centre at Surrey theme park”. The Guardian. Available at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/23/hospitals-sound-alarm-over-privately-run-test-centre-in-surrey [Accessed 9 June 2020]

English Heritage. Blue Plaques. Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950). Available at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques/george-bernard-shaw/ [Accessed 9 June 2020]

Photograph of Bernard Shaw writing in notebook at time of first production of his play “Pygmalion”, 1914. LIFE Photo Archive on Google, © Time Inc. Original for personal non-commercial use only.  Photo reused here under educational fair dealing via Wikimedia Commons, available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Bernard_Shaw_notebook.jpg  [Accessed 9 June 2020]

 

The Lockdown Chronicles is a series of periodical comic strips made at night (in candlelight!) adapting and reusing openly-licensed or public domain items from online digital collections. Publication and tweetage are scheduled in advance. Historical sources are adapted and updated for the current pandemic; please refer to each strip’s references on each post for further context.  Catch up with the series at https://epriego.blog/tag/the-lockdown-chronicles/.