Scottish Gardener

With the Covid-19 pandemic and ‘lock down’ I have been retreating into the garden where I need not distance myself from the emerging green shoots of life. I have recently … Continue reading Scottish Gardener

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

no can do

This was filmed at the abandoned farms of Tollafraick and Largue, Glenkindie, Strathdon [2nd January 2020] My apologies to the wonderful singers, who cover this Hall and Oates song, as … Continue reading no can do

20-1-20

I will be leaving the profession of Medicine on the 20th of January 2020. I have never had 20/20 vision and never will have! My eyesight is poor and I … Continue reading 20-1-20

“Sold to one of Scotland’s wealthiest women”

In May of this year I visited an estate near Newport in Fife that had just been sold. I found the faux-Tudor-Italianate House to be dilapidated, and to my eyes, … Continue reading “Sold to one of Scotland’s wealthiest women”

‘a has-been doctor’

I recently read ‘Clock Dance’ by Anne Tyler. It is an understated exploration of the life of one woman. A woman called Willa who we experience [first hand] from wee … Continue reading ‘a has-been doctor’

Long ago, Dr Anton Chekhov wrote in his diary

The Scottish Pharmacist

At the time of making this film, nearly 1 in 5 Scots are taking antidepressants. Many are taking them indefinitely. I was prescribed Paroxetine (SEROXAT) over 20 years ago for … Continue reading The Scottish Pharmacist

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

‘borrowed words’

I have recently taken a most difficult decision: I have decided to retire as a doctor from the beginning of next year (2020). I really will miss being a doctor … Continue reading ‘borrowed words’

The oval walled garden

At the beginning of the week I visited an estate near Newport in Fife that has just been sold. The faux-Tudor-Italianate House is dilapidated, and to my eyes, not attractive. … Continue reading The oval walled garden

Siberia

The Porsolt Forced Swimming Test (Behavioural Despair Test) is centred on rodents’ response to the threat of drowning. It has been interpreted as measuring susceptibility to negative mood in humans. … Continue reading Siberia