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Letter: To protect the innocent.


MY colleague Jean Wilkinson and I would like to express our thanks to your columnist Hilarie Stelfox for her excellent review of our book Ladies of the Night, an account of overnight district nursing based on the experiences of ourselves and our colleagues, over a total period of 50 years.

We would like to stress, however, that we deliberately gave the area described a fictitious name and all the characters were compos i tes, although, in essence, the anecdotes were based on reality - otherwise there would have been little point in writing the book - but these anecdotes were constructed in a way to preserve confidentiality both of patients and other people.

Any resemblance to any actual person or situation is unintentional and the action was focused down to one year as a literary device.

Although the area where we worked is known, I myself have worked in two other authorities and used some incidents from these in my reminiscences, and the book should not be taken as a literal account or of any specific area.

I am sorry if we did not make this clear at the interview and hope this letter will clarify any misunderstanding as to the nature and intent of the book.

The format was based on James Herriot's books and the many other professional, semi-fictitious memoirs which are popular with the public.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 13, 2008
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