When I began my training in Psychiatry Paraldehyde was occasionally still used, particularly in the ‘Forensic ward’. You could smell it on opening the locked door to the Forensic ward. … Continue reading PARALDEHYDE
A friend from Australia, aware of my interest in Johnston Shearer, the pioneer Scottish Photographer, recently sent me this photograph of Captain Phillips as taken in 1870 at 242 Union … Continue reading Captain Phillips
The following editorial was by Dr James Guy Edwards. It was published the year before I started training in psychiatry: The author was Editor of this Text Book: The first … Continue reading Psychiatry in General Practice (the early 1990s)
Some years ago, in the archive of the The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, I came across a photograph of a tombstone with two angels … Continue reading Mrs Crudelius
This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music
The pharmacist Gilbert Farie relies upon Dr John Flaxman. Each year, Dr Flaxman chooses a day to celebrate as his “deathday”.
It must have been around 1994 when I bought this watercolour of Belmont Street, Aberdeen for Sian’s birthday. It is by Jimmy Furneaux, an Aberdeen artist and teacher who made … Continue reading ‘The Italian Romanesque style is unusual for Aberdeen’
This is a short film on “Kellys Cats”, some of which can still be found as cast iron parapets on Union Street Bridge, Aberdeen. They were designed by the architect … Continue reading Kellys Cats
This was the view from Correction Wynd, Aberdeen in 1963. It was from a time before shopping malls, however Marks and Spencers is still there. Yesterday we picked up our … Continue reading From Correction Wynd [long before shopping malls]
Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’
This was my desk when I was a medical student in Aberdeen, sometime around 1990. I used to draw musical artists from album covers. Here is Annie Lennox and David … Continue reading Then it’s years later . . .