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How I rediscovered the art of medicine

With my colleagues I chuckled at Dr Church's letter (September 29) regarding arnica preventing bruising.

At the late age of 53 I trained at the Glasgow Homoeopathic School under the expert guidance of such performers, artists and magicians as Dr David Riley, Tom Whitmarsh and Bob Leckridge. It reawakened my career where it was floundering in revalidation, significant event analysis, box ticking and bean counting.

Although I do my share of such procedures, I have again rediscovered the art of medicine which we all used to possess as GPs prior to CTs, MRI scans and modern serological methods. I now look forward to work again, even though I have eight fine partners who are healthily sceptical about homoeopathy, especially about the evidence base.

I have learned to swim against the tide, especially with my patients getting the positive benefits of a specialty that works for many of their problems.

Dr Frank Mair

Bellfield, Banchory


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