Pianos and Flowers

On the day that I retired from the NHS, after more than 25 years as a doctor, our postwoman delivered a present. It was from Alexander McCall Smith and included … Continue reading Pianos and Flowers

We will get through this

The village of Bridge of Allan is rallying around to support one another in this troubled time: When walking to the local shop from our house we first pass the … Continue reading We will get through this

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

Language is leaving me

A film about Blackadder in the Borders. This film is for my mother, mother-in-law, my wife, and my daughter. It is also for Ella, Ena and Alice [Mrs Picken] Music … Continue reading Language is leaving me

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