Book signing to complete trilogy for local doctor

Doctor Tom Smith with his latest book Medic on the Move
Doctor Tom Smith with his latest book Medic on the Move

Local medic, Doctor Tom Smith, well known former Ballantrae family doctor, has completed his Seaside Practice trilogy.

Medic On The Move follows on from Going Loco and A Seaside Practice in his journey from fresh-faced and feckless young GP in the Stinchar Valley through his travails in medical research into his later years of worldwide travel in the often weird world of medical journalism.

Yet his feet are still firmly on the ground in practice.

Wigtownshire figures largely in this latest book, from Hamish the farmer who knew nothing about the referendum to a surreal day in Stranraer (thinly disguised as Portryan) and his final day in practice there, in which he denuded the whole county of ambulances.

Through the book runs the theme of the ethics of a doctor writing about his patients – particularly in a way that does not compromise their confidentiality. A century before,

Dr Tom’s medical muse Dr Axel Munthe wrote ‘The Story of San Michele’, the first (and the best in his opinion) book about the doctor-patient relationship, written sympathetically and humorously, for everyone to enjoy.

Dr Tom hopes that Medic On The Move is in that tradition.

Dr Tom will be signing copies of Medic On The Move, A Seaside Practice, Going Loco, and Doctor Have You Got A Minute? during Book Week Scotland on Saturday 28th November from 2 pm onwards at The Old Bank Bookshop, Wigtown.

This is one of many events taking place in the bookshop during Book Week Scotland which runs from November 23-29.

They will also be holding a bedtime read with hot chocolate every night at 9.30pm.

Readers will include Renita Boyle, Jayne Baldwin and David Sumner. Plus, there will be an opportunity to hear a new lullaby from bookseller-singers The Cochranes.