Filling the world with meaning

Yesterday, a friend of mine shared this poem by Norman MacCaig. My friend, a healthcare professional, articulated concern that professionalism, with all the current and growing dictats, protocols, and algorithms that … Continue reading Filling the world with meaning

My mind’s full of things nobody else thinks about

British Psychiatry still teaches young doctors to divide the subjective from the objective. I am of the view that this is not just unrealistic but that it is harmful to … Continue reading My mind’s full of things nobody else thinks about

Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve

This is a post about a house called ‘Rockville’, 3 Napier Road, Edinburgh. It was built by James Gowans. Rockville was demolished in 1966. Today, only the gateposts survive. James … Continue reading Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve

Mattering and measurement

I have found this quote by William Edwards Deming to be widely shared by “improvement scientists” involved in healthcare:   My concerns about this aphorism are on a number of levels: Implicitly it … Continue reading Mattering and measurement