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Around Writer's Block

In the footsteps of John Snow; Beyond chloroform
31 Jan 2023
Written by Des Writer

After eight happy years in CGGS (44-52), I entered Liverpool University Medical School, graduating in '58. Influenced by my first wife, I chose a career in anaesthesia. Although I obtained my Fellowship in 1961, I learned the path to Consultancy was long, becoming Consultant Anaesthetist to Birkenhead and North Wirral Hospitals in1967. In 1974, after a period of disenchantment in that position, I emigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, accepting an appointment in Dalhousie University. Following a one-year Fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia in Bowman Gray School of Medicine, '79-80, my career in obstetric anaesthesia was launched. I published several peer-reviewed articles in the specialty, joined the “lecture circuit,” travelled widely, and continued to provide relief of labour pain, and anesthesia for Caesarean Section, mainly in Dalhousie, and also Melbourne, Australia. In specializing in this field of “regional anesthesia” I stood on the shoulders of giants in the UK and US, whose skills enabled this field of practice, and lessened the pain of childbirth. After retirement in 2001, I entered the University of King's College, Halifax, taking a one-year Bachelor of Journalism degree. I remember exactly where I was on 9/11 2001, presenting my first newscast in the radio workshop. I'm privileged to have enjoyed the trip around Writer's block. Now, aged 88 years, I enjoy a quiet retirement in the company of my second wife, Cathy, and take pleasure in following the careers of my three accomplished biological children, and two grandchildren in our transAtlantic family.


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