other essays, clips, reviews

‘Lockdown seen from General Practice’ (Guardian Long Read)

May, 1, Edinburgh (Pandemic Journal - New York Review of Books)

‘Io Riparto - Pensieri al Futuro: La bellezza della medicina’ - 

or ‘Restart - the beauty of medicine’  for EDT, Turin, Italy (Italian)

'We’re Clearing the Decks’ (Guardian Long Read)

Dear Life by Rachel Clarke (Guardian)

Why do we have capacity for wonder? NY Academy of Sciences, Feb 2020

Wonder & Awe in Science & Medicine, NY Academy of Sciences, Feb 2020

(with psychologist Tania Lombrozo & cosmologist Marcelo Gleiser)

The Paradox of Knowledge: NY Academy of Sciences

The Science and Art of Medicine (Lancet) (pdf)

Loop, by Brenda Lozano (Guardian)

The Road Not Taken - My love affair with Geography (New Statesman)

What I’ve learned from suicidal patients (Guardian Long Read)

Best books of 2019 (New Statesman)

The Body - A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson (Guardian)

Homesick by Catrina Davies (Guardian)

Resistance to Immunity - on anti-Vaccination (New York Review of Books)

Sick-Note Britain by Adrian Massey (Times)

Best Books of 2018 (New Statesman)

The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell (Guardian Review)

LOL - Studies of Laughter in Interaction (New York Review of Books)

BBC Radio 4 - The Art of Living (contributor) (short excerpt here)

National Poetry Day - collaboration with a Dalek:

The future of the NHS, at its 70th birthday (Guardian)

The Immeasurable World, by William Atkins (Guardian Review)

The Surprising Literary History of Skin Care (Paris Review)

Is medicine an art or a science? Hay Festival videos

Readings in human transformation (Guardian)

Too Many Pills by James Le Fanu (Times)

Four Syrian Borders (with Esa Aldegheri - Granta)

The Spanish Flu (London Review of Books)

The Second Body by Daisy Hildyard (Guardian)

Favourite books of 2017 (New Statesman)

On werewolves & other shapeshifters (London Review of Books)

On Oliver Sacks’s The River of Consciousness (Guardian)

In the Flower Garden of the Brain (New York Review)

Cerebral Hygiene - Sleep Medicine (London Review of Books)

Bluets, by Maggie Nelson (Guardian Review)

The Matter of the Heart (New Statesman)

Admissions by Henry Marsh (Guardian Review)

Storyhealing - Medicine & Literature (Aeon)

Irresistible  - smartphones and Internet addiction (Observer New Review)

Crisis in the NHS (London Review of Books)

The Chimney Map: National Library of Scotland (documentary) 

Queensferry Crossings (‘The Essay’, BBC R3 - file here)

The Supplicant Women, David Greig / Aeschylus (New York Review)

TEDx University of Edinburgh:

A Smell of Burning by Colin Grant (Guardian)

In the Morgue (London Review of Books) (& podcast)

‘The Life Project’ by Helen Pearson (London Review of Books)

Medicine & Literature - ten personal favourites (Guardian)

Annie Dillard: The Abundance (Guardian)

5 Best: Books on Transformation (Wall Street Journal)

Finding ‘Right Compassion’ (International New York Times)

In Praise of Libraries (Scotsman)

Art & Anatomy - Visual Dissection Exhibition (New York Review of Books)

Gender Variance: Medical & Cultural perspectives (New Republic)

Three Spoonfuls of Hemlock: Medieval Medicine (London Review of Books)

Profit, not Patients: the risks of private medicine (Guardian)

Troubadours, Simon Armitage & Patrick Barkham(New Statesman)

The art of Yves Berger (New York Review of Books)

TEDx talk - Adventures in Human Being

On Immunity - An Inoculation (Guardian Review)

An Adventure in Human Being (Guardian Review)

Three pieces about Death (Guardian Review)

Cash for Diagnoses (London Review of Books)

A Fortunate Man - a masterpiece of witness (Guardian Review)

The Christmas Truce (New York Review of Books)

Christmas in Antarctica (NPR)

At the Talbot Rice Gallery (New York Review of Books)

The World of the Deaf (New York Review of Books)

'Being Mortal' by Atul Gawande (Guardian Review)

The Story of Pain (London Review of Books)

In Thimphu, Bhutan (LRB blog)

'How To Make A Human Being' (Guardian Review)

'Do No Harm’ by Henry Marsh (Guardian Review)

Listening to the Heart (London Review of Books)

On Libraries (National Library of Scotland)

'The Novel Cure' (Guardian Review)

'Don't Try This At Home' (London Review of Books)

'The Third Pole' (Granta)

'Anatomies' (Guardian Review)

The Edge of Europe (Island Review)

'The Heretics' (Guardian Review)

AMONG THE NEURONS (London Review of Books)

‘The Book of Barely Imagined Beings' (Guardian Review)

Hay International Festival Essay - Red Kites & Penguins

BMJ Practical Neurology - Letter from Antarctica

The View from Antarctica (Guardian)

Captain Scott & Dr Wilson (Caught by the River)

Beating Winter Blues   (The Times)

Shackleton’s Medical Kit (Granta)

Travels in Iceland (Guardian)