John Quin

Dr Quin, Medicine Man

County Buildings
In person event
Mon 27 Sep
14:00 UK

John Quin worked for thirty-three years as a physician for the NHS in both Scotland and England. Days on the wards were uproariously funny one minute, infinitely tragic the next. From tackling fraudulent medical students to trying and failing to induce hypoglycaemia in Glaswegian alcoholics (all in the name of research), Dr Quin, Medicine Man is packed with vividly told tales of the joy and reward of getting the diagnosis right, the disaster of getting it wrong. Darkly amusing and with a keen eye for the absurd, this sharply observed memoir is not only an acute insight into the farcical frustrations and tensions of working in a chronically underfunded system, but also a timely reminder of the humanity of the NHS staff who care for us.

About the author: John Quin was born in Glasgow, where he trained in medicine and qualified as a doctor in 1983. He works as a consultant physician specialising in diabetes and endocrinology. He has also been writing about art, books and music for more than twenty years for publications including ArtReview, frieze, The Quietus, Tagesspiegel, The Wire, the BMJ, The Lancet and The Guardian.

Dr Quin – Medicine Man is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

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