The Well Hoose

The following account of visiting Bridge of Allan Well House is by Dr Murray Cook [as published in the Stirling Observer, 7 October 2020] The following images were taken by … Continue reading The Well Hoose

Thought to be in two places at once

A film about the life of Dr John Stuart, Kelso [1792-1873] Music credit: ‘Collapsing Time’ by Dexter Britain

Mapping an obsession

Dr Gavin Francis has called his latest book Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession. Gavin will be talking about this book at Toppings bookshop, a week today [15 October 2020] . … Continue reading Mapping an obsession

messages

I resigned from NHS Forth Valley  6 years ago. This was a most difficult decision for me to take. I had worked as a Consultant in older adults in Clackmannanshire … Continue reading messages

not H E R E

A social maverick, maybe, but a timid one at that – Peter is not H E R E. A gentle gardener, part time Little Spartan – Peter is not H … Continue reading not H E R E

Unable

I was once a doctor. Patients trusted me. I could not ‘bullshit’ I got things wrong, made mistakes, and struggled with authority – I was unable to play the role.

The Past in the Present

Sir Arthur Mitchell (1826 – 1909) was a Scottish doctor involved in the study and care of patients with mental illness. He served on several public commissions, and wrote widely … Continue reading The Past in the Present

Etherised: ‘a plodding antiquary’

For many years I have slept poorly. By 5 am I am generally up and about. If I could sing I would join the dawn chorus! In current times, where … Continue reading Etherised: ‘a plodding antiquary’

‘A lover of the wayside flower’

A few weeks before the ‘lockdown’ I visited the cemetery in Tillicoultry.  At this date none of us were sure that a pandemic was unfolding: unknowing of our immediate future … Continue reading ‘A lover of the wayside flower’

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