Dr Eric Dow, General Practitioner for Bridge of Allan, took his life on the last day of January 1947. He died by cyanide fumes in his home and surgery, Fernfield. A dreadful scene reminiscent of the opening of “Love in the time of cholera

Dr Eric Dow never charged his patients and became bankrupt as a result.  His death was just a few months before the NHS began. I feel that it is important that we remember this benevolent doctor:

21 May 1947:

To plat my short film about Dr Eric Dow please click here or on the image above.

My uncle, John Scott, used to talk fondly of Dr Eric Dow. The images in this film are of my uncle at about the age that he first started attending Dr Dow [the Margaret mentioned in the diary is my mother, Margaret Scott]

The old doctors of Bridge of Allan liked colour. Dr Paterson, his colourful orchids, and Dr Dow his primary qualia. But sadly all colour went from Dr Dow’s life. So terribly sad for a man that could not bear to ask his patients for payment.

Just over two months after Dr Eric Dow’s suicide, on the 21st May 1947, the NHS in Scotland began. Free at the point of delivery. There for all. And the NHS would have been there for Dr Eric Dow

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