I left school at 14 years old and was enlisted National Service in the Middle East Air Force, which stimulated an interest in global travel. Nursing experience as NCO in charge of a small hospital in Libya encouraged Medical School entry and graduation. A family doctor for 30 years, I was also a leader in the Scout Association and later expedition leader, ship’s doctor, in-flight physician and world traveller to seven continents.
Medical research on health management of world travellers brought a special interest in the well-being of the tourist and adventurer and lecturing in these fields in UK and abroad.
I wrote my first published article “Ladies of the Veil” when aged 18 and developed a love for writing which has resulted in over 750 articles published in the lay and professional press. Former editor of Glasgow Medicine, Scottish Medicine and Rostrum and now Editor in Chief of the British Global and Travel health Association Journal. Eight medical books and five non-fiction books published, with a novel “While I’m here Doc” a recent publication. This tells a story of medical practice in the days when the family doctor worked “hands-on” day and night every day of the year treating patients, no longer the model for modern practice.