I left school at 15 years old and was called up for National Service in the Middle East Air Force, which stimulated a life-long 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 active as a leader in the Scout Association and later became an expedition leader, ship’s doctor, in-flight physician and world traveller to seven continents.
Medical research on health management of world travellers and hypnotherapy brought a special interest in the well-being of the tourist and adventurer and in hypnotherapy and I became an expert in these fields lecturing extensively at home 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 700 articles published in the lay and professional press. I was editor of Glasgow Medicine and Scottish Medicine and Rostrum and Editor in Chief of the British Global and Travel health Association Journal. Eight medical books and five non-fiction books testify to my penmanship, 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.