Professionally, I'm a conventionally qualified medical practitioner who has over 40 years' experience of certain forms of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM). Until my retirement in 1998 I was consultant physician at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, which is a National Health Service hospital and one of the main centres in Britain, and indeed the world, for the study and practice of unconventional medicine. The hospital is now renamed The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, to reflect the fact that homeopathy is no longer the only or even the main form of complementary medicine on offer there.
Temperamentally, I have strong leanings towards scepticism about many things, including, perhaps surprisingly, much of the current enthusiasm for alternative medicine, which seems to me to present many of the features of a belief system, something I deplore. I provide a short explanation for this attitude in the sceptical foreword.
This site isn't only (or even mainly) about medicine. I've always had numerous interests outside medicine and this explains why you'll find a lot of writing here on topics quite unrelated to my professional background. This applies particularly to the book reviews, which reflect a pretty wide range of eclectic reading over more than half a century. In other words, I'm a self-confessed generalist.
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