This film takes as its title the opening section of the British Medical Journal of the last century.
The idea behind this film is to question what may be considered as “medical literature”?
I have deliberately placed myself at the centre of this film. What may appear as “monomania” is quite deliberate! I don’t know about you, but I read for pleasure and also because it gives me access to the lives of others. Literature opens up new worlds for me.
In this film I surround myself with some of those authors I have enjoyed reading and who have helped me to grow as a person and as a doctor.
We must remember that we are all subjective. We cannot put ourselves into the minds of others and truly share their lived experience.
This film also suggests, by including reference to the “modern ruin” St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, (built in 1967, the year I was born) that we pass through time and that we age. I have included consideration of passing time as literature reminds us that medical science cannot ignore this.
In short this film is an artistic expression of the so-called “two cultures”.
Music credit: Spem in alium – Thomas Tallis
(1) The Pineapple, Dunmore
(2) Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan
(3) Old Stirling Bridge
Authors whose words have featured in my films.