|My Path to Pathology: By Rivers Lakes and Seas: An Autobiography|
|Monday, 09 September 2013|
Dugald L Gardner, RSM Press, 2012, ISBN: 9781853159725, RRP: £30.00
Professor Gardner’s autobiography not only provides us with a fascinating and exhaustive insight into the evolution and development of medicine over the last 65 years but also a detailed picture of his family’s history from the late 19th century.
He carefully weaves the themes of his professional development, family life, and his career in medicine and pathology throughout the book, enhanced with detailed and entertaining vignettes of his teachers and colleagues.
The historical details and personal references are both meticulous and comprehensive, and will be appealing and stimulating to all who have personal or clinical associations with his subjects, institutions, and international geographic locations.
The early chapters provide a comprehensive and accurate picture of medicine, its practice and many of its eminent practitioners at the advent of the National Health Service. It provides a reminder of the transformational evolution that that has taken place in all branches of medicine since 1947.
The author’s contributions to research, teaching, and latterly, the development of the College museum are subjects that are advanced with self-deprecation and good humour. The importance of his family is given due prominence, with the acknowledgement of the grievous loss of his son Philip to whom the book is dedicated.
This is certainly not just a book for pathologists, for it will appeal to all who have an interest in the history of medicine and the recent social evolution of this country. Professor Gardner admits to good fortune but recognises that this is often achieved by a degree of determination and good luck, key characteristics for a successful and rewarding career. n