Hard Cover. London: Heinemann, 1960. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth, spine lettered in red, bookplate to front pastedown, dust jacket illustration by John Rowland. A fine copy; in an unclipped dust jacket with some stains to the rear panel and light toning to the spine, otherwise near fine. The Doctor is Sick, written in 1960, tells the story of Edwin Spindrift, Ph.D., a doctor sent home from Burma to England because of a mysterious brain ailment. While in the hospital, Edwin's wife drinks and gallivants with friends; she sends her friends to visit him instead of visiting him herself. Burgess wrote The Doctor is Sick shortly after being forced to return to England from Burma after suffering a mental breakdown. He was convinced he had a brain tumor and underwent a series of tests at the Neurological Institute of London, and it was there that he gained inspiration for some of his characters. Burgess also had a difficult relationship with his wife Lynne Burgess, who was an alcoholic.