Once upon a time: I was a GP with a particular interest in communication between Dr and Patient. The Seventh edition of the Doctor’s Communication Handbook was published 4 years ago, and the eighth edition is now published, with Cambridge GP Francesca Frame as my co-author. I fill my time with photography, trying not to support Sunderland AFC, gardening and writing stories, Ghosts being favourite. The Irish folk tale, The Seanachai: the storyteller’s story is enjoying some success on Amazon (published under pseudonym of Padraigh Etat. ) The Curatage Ghost is now completed and available on Amazon. I am currently working on a medical memoir, exploring my experiences in researching Doctor Patient Communication over half a century, to be called Blasts from the Past.
a more formal bio below.
I qualified as a doctor at Newcastle in 1968. After spells as a P&O Surgeon and as a trainee in Kentish Town: I was a family doctor in Abingdon for 30 years. I was an MRCGP examiner from 1981 and was responsible for the introduction of the Video module in 1996 retiring as Chief Examiner in March 2006. I was awarded the MBE for services to general medical practice in 2008. I wrote the first edition of The Doctor’s Communication Handbook in 1993 and have just published the 8th edition (August2019), with Dr Francesca Frame as joint author. The Other Side of Medicine, a collection of essays and short stories was published in 2006. Seasickness, a novel based on my experiences as a young ship’s surgeon, The Seanachai an Irish Ghost Story and The Curatage Ghost a story for grandchildren are all available on Amazon. I was a co-author of The Consultation (1983) and The New Consultation (2003) OUP with David Pendleton, Theo Schofield and Peter Havelock. I have lectured widely on communication issues and am now retired and live with my beautiful artist wife Judy, in Poundbury, Dorchester.