Hole Ousia never stops learning. Hole Ousia is troubled that the ‘collaboration’ with the Pharmaceutical Industry in ‘medical education’ can have consequences and actually undermine science which seeks objectivity.

Had felt incredibly alone

I retired from the medical profession two months ago. My fulcrum was ethics. I openly asked questions. The Royal College of Psychiatrists seemed to struggle with this. I was left … Continue reading Had felt incredibly alone

Quality Street

Dr Thomas Anderson of Leith was a pioneer of vaccination in Scotland. Sadly, it seems that he has been largely forgotten. Here then is an account of his extraordinary contribution:

Medic’s old lecture notes up for sale

It was with some interest that I read in last week’s Scotland on Sunday about the sale of these old Lecture notes: I have read about the life of Dr … Continue reading Medic’s old lecture notes up for sale

Scotland’s oldest Pharmacy

THE CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST  November 5, 1955 For centuries the life of Edinburgh flowed along the Royal Mile, of which the Lawnmarket forms a part. Today the ancient thoroughfare comes … Continue reading Scotland’s oldest Pharmacy

Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

This film is for Adam. It is the final film in a series.   Music credit: ‘Intruder’ by Peter Gabriel. ‘Dr Marigold’: from the writings of Charles Dickens. The first … Continue reading Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

‘So great was the noise during the day’

It has been five years since I last took part on Twitter. Whilst social media has so much to offer, I recall that I struggled with so much ‘noise’. I … Continue reading ‘So great was the noise during the day’

A social maverick

Last Friday I met, for the first time, Dr Evgeny Legedin who is a junior doctor working in psychiatry. Evgeny offers this description of himself on social media: “daring to … Continue reading A social maverick

Love catch these fragments

Fragments that include a sister, a doctor, and time long since passed. Music credit: Scott Walker Re-visited.

20/20 vision – right to reply [an edited transcript]

Without sharing a little of the backdrop, and some of the thoughts that inspired it, this film risks being misunderstood. My last day as a doctor was on 20-1-20. I … Continue reading 20/20 vision – right to reply [an edited transcript]