I am a physician, aged 73, who has been retired from the practice of surgery for 14 years. I teach medical students at The USC School of Medicine. I have served on the clinical faculty since 1972 when I finished my surgery training. For the past few years, since retiring from practice, I teach in a program called Introduction to Clinical Medicine or ICM. My interest in medical history was stimulated by these students as I think it important to understand the history of your profession. A few years ago, some students asked me if I would give some lectures on medical history. When I really got into the preparation for a series of lectures, it turned into a book. That book, A Brief History of Disease, Science and Medicine, has sold out its second printing and is now in paperback. The academic presses were not interested in a history that was not written by a PhD in History. As a result, I started my own little publishing company. Small publishing is another interest and the process has been a challenge. Interestingly enough, the university whose press declined to publish the manuscript has recently chosen the book as a textbook.
As part of my interest in medical history, I travel and sometimes give lectures in other countries. I am a member of the Faculty in Medical History of the Apothecaries Society. This society began to grant medical licenses in England in 1835 and was the first such licensing agency. It also offers a diploma program in Medical History that is very popular in Britain. I have been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine for over 30 years and they have an active program in medical history. I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, which regrettably, does not have an active history program although that is changing.
My other major interest is sailing and I have spent weeks offshore racing to Mexican ports or to Hawaii. I have not found many sailing blogs but will try to link to some. A long time ago, I looked like this:
That is the trophy for second overall in the 1981 Transpac Race, from Los Angeles to Honolulu.