Doctor in the House (novel)

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Doctor in the House (novel)
Author Richard Gordon
Language English
Publisher Michael Joseph
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 190
Preceded by -
Followed by Doctor at Sea

Doctor in the House is a comic novel by Richard Gordon, published in 1952. Set in the fictitious St. Swithin's Hospital in London, the story concerns the exploits and various pranks of a young medical student. In later adaptations, he may have been called Simon Sparrow, but in the original novel he was called Richard Gordon; "'Gordon?' croaked the old man from the doorway. 'Mr. Richard Gordon?' 'Yes, sir. That is correct, sir,' I replied with great respect." [1] It is the first of a series of 'Doctor' novels written by Gordon, himself a surgeon and anaesthetist.

A film adaptation, Doctor in the House, was released in 1954, starring Dirk Bogarde, and several of the sequel books were also filmed. There were a number of TV series very loosely based on this and following books and also a 13 part radio series in 1968 starring Richard Briers as Sparrow.


  1. ^ p. 15, 31st impression, October 1956, pub. Michael Joseph Ltd, London