Sickness and HealthBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7346 (Published 16 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7346
- Alan Emery, emeritus professor of human genetics, University of Edinburgh
By the time Sickness and Health was written Colin Douglas had already published eight other novels, mainly concerned with medical life in and around Edinburgh. Colin Douglas, a pseudonym of Colin Currie, was born in 1945, raised in Glasgow, and graduated in medicine in Edinburgh in 1970 and went on to become a consultant in geriatrics. His fame (some might say notoriety) was established with his hilarious first novel, The Houseman’s Tale, published in 1975, which became a highly acclaimed and popular BBC television serial (BMJ 2011;343:d4593, doi:10.1136/bmj.d4593).
Sickness and Health is concerned with several medical families in Edinburgh. It starts in June 1979 with the …