Interview – Diario de Mallorca


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Interesting Lexis 2

  Today´s interesting Lexis is “Medicine”, and as a kind of intro above I have posted a picture of “Medicine man” by Tim Scoggins.   Different meanings of Medicine ( I take from the OED) 1) A substance or preparation used in the treatment of illness; a drug; esp. one taken by mouth. Also: such substances…

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Mobile Computing and the Library

I have the great pleasure to work with hard-working, enthusiastic and creative professionals; one of them is Silvia Sastre, working in Bibliosalut and she very kindly let me upload this fascinating talk. Thanks Silvia. This talk will stimulate teachers and lecturers from all disciplines, and I think will be a great way to engage the student…

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VATS in Thoracic Malignancies by Juan Antonio Torrecilla

It gives me great pleasure to post Juan Antonio Torrecilla’s great talk about VATS in Thoracic Malignancies. Juan Antonio is a Thoracic surgeon working in Son Espases University Hospital in Mallorca, and he gave this talk a couple of weeks ago to the Oncology Department in the same hospital. Thanks   Vats in thoracic malignancies…

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Genius on the Edge

Genius on the edge from Jonathan McFarland

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A Fortunate Man by John Berger


It is a cold and wet evening; maybe the last of the winter storms, and with a glass of Johnny Walker Black label by my side I thought that I would talk about a book that I would like to read. A book that is on my wish list.

How can you recommend a book that you have not read? Well, three answers come readily to mind. One it is a book recommended by a Spanish GP, whose judgement I hold in high esteem. Secondly, I am fascinated by the writer, whose breadth of knowledge ranges from Art Criticism ( Ways of seeing…) through Novels ( To the wedding, G), Poetry, Plays and much more. A really incredible writer who has lived his last twenty or thirty years in a little village in the French Alps.

I was deeply affected by one book of his called “Here is where we meet”, (2005) where he meets friends and family, who have passed away, in different circumstances and places. It sounds morbid but I found it enthralling and deeply moving.


And thirdly, the topic – a Fortunate Man was written in 1967, and is about an English country GP ( General Practitioner), John Sassall. Berger is the author but the book features the photographs

of Jean Mohr. The GP and writer, Gavin Francis recently wrote in the Guardian newspaper:

” First published in 1967, A Fortunate Man is a masterpiece of witness: a moving meditation on humanity, society and the value of healing. It’s a collaborative work that blends John Berger’s text with Jean Mohr’s photographs in a series of superb analytical, sociological and philosophical reflections on the doctor’s role, the roots of cultural and intellectual deprivation and the motivations that drive medical practice. The subject of the book, John Sassall, emerges as an individual deeply committed to inner reflection as well as to his vocation as a physician. When I was a newly qualified doctor it became my habit to give copies as gifts.”

It seems like a “must-read” and I am thinking of introducing it as a kind of course book

in some of my courses of Medical English. So, I must thank Dr Caterina Vicens for introducing me to this work.  It is now definitely on my “wish list” and when I return from Russia I will  begin to read it.

Have a great Saturday evening and Sunday.


Interesting Lexis 1 – Surgery

The word surgery is interesting. It comes from the Old French word serurgerie, which in turn comes from the Latin, chirurgia and from the Greek, cheirourgia, which basically means “doing work by hand”. And the meaning(s). The first meaning is the common meaning, which everybody knows about. And it is: “the treatment of injuries or disorders of…

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Some thoughts on what I do, and why….

  You might ask why I have started with a photograph of Anton Chekhov; well apart from being a great playwright, author of among other plays The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and The Seagull, and a very fine short story writer, whose works I studied and loved in my last year at University, along with…

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