Dr Quintin Quackleben was the doctor portrayed by Water Scott in ‘St Ronan’s Well’
Dr Quackleben must be very old now! Yet, I do believe he is alive and well.
I once carved into one of our garden trees: “Nullius in verba” or “take nobody’s word for it”. There is good reason why this was chosen as the motto of the Royal Society.
Peter is passionate about science. But science needs to be dispassionate: science is based upon a determination to be as “objective” as possible.
My worry is that Dr Quackleben, that sleekit, money seeking, Leyden trained physician, may creep into the life of us all.
My view is that it is vital that science, of any time or age, feels able to ask questions of Dr Quackleben: