Long ago, Dr Anton Chekhov wrote this in his diary

the literature and the science

I have always found the idea of “two cultures” as incredibly silly. We should not need bridges to unite the arts and the sciences. Hole Ousia is an indescribable somewhere … Continue reading the literature and the science

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’

“Those three little words”

This perspective in the current BMJ seems important to me. The author, Matt Morgan begins: “If ‘I love you’ are the three most important words in life, then ‘I don’t … Continue reading “Those three little words”

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work:   

Corsewall Lighthouse

Peter and Sian had a lovely holiday in Galloway staying in Corsewall Lighthouse. Here are a few images: Peter was reading Don Quixote whilst on holiday. It is about the … Continue reading Corsewall Lighthouse

Let me share this story one day

artist backwards [I was young] I walked into science. My Granny loved to tell how I could sleep whilst still standing: an ability that I lost before my Granny died. … Continue reading Let me share this story one day

‘Labour of omission’

Sir Francis Seymour Haden was a Victorian surgeon who is recalled as an artist, and particularly for his etchings. He was brother-in-law to James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Seymour Haden’s father, … Continue reading ‘Labour of omission’

‘An energetic and brilliant (if quirky) polymath’

The following account of Dr Arthur Brock (1879-1947) is from this paper by David Cantor:

Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Last night, at the University of Glasgow, I attended the book launch of “Oor Big Braw Cosmos”. It was written by John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and Rab … Continue reading Oor Big Braw Cosmos