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 drawing by my son, aged 5

I came across this drawing recently and noted the innocent juxtaposition by a child of different groups/types of people. [I should say, my son Andrew is now 22 years old!]

Tillyduke Schoolhouse

21st January 2020: I will no longer be a doctor. Aged 52, I have chosen to leave Medicine behind to explore other ‘schools’ of life. 21st January 2000: There was … Continue reading Tillyduke Schoolhouse

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

Long ago, Dr Anton Chekhov wrote in his diary

‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

Today, I was [again] humbled by [another] happenstance reminder of how little I really know about the world that surrounds me! This reminder happened in the natural course of the … Continue reading ‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

‘the essence of good clinical decision-making’

In his talk ‘The mystery and paradox of scientific medicine‘ Raymond Tallis remarked:

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’

GASLIGHT

My wife, who is an NHS doctor, and her parents, both retired NHS doctors, are going to a performance of GASLIGHT at Perth Theatre. I have decided not to go, … Continue reading GASLIGHT

Artificial light

At the end of last year the sodium street lamps in our street were updated and the light changed from sodium yellow to electric white. As odd as this may … Continue reading Artificial light