Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?

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9781552124529: Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?

This memoir recounts life as a physician and bureaucrat in Britain, later in New Brunswick, back in Britain and continues in Edmonton, Alberta. Dr. Short began as a General Practitioner, then worked for governments administering mental health and handicapped persons' programs.

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Richard Short was born in 1922 and graduated in 1946. He is married with a son and daughter. Hobbies include music, golf, badminton and Scottish country dancing. His professional career encompassed general medical practice, public health, and the administration of community services for the mentally ill, and the mentally and physically handicapped.

The author now lives in Parksville, BC, Canada.

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General practice in Britain was a very strenuous and, at times, stressful occupation. Coupled with numerous house calls, emergencies, night calls and the delivery of babies in the home, there wasn't much time for relaxation. Moreover, in the '40s and '50s there were no cellular phones or automatic dialling systems, nor was there a wide range of antibiotics or pharmaceuticals. Such was the scene when the author graduated in 1946.

Following six years in practice, there was a new challenge: a change to public health, and the administration of community services for the mentally ill, and the mentally and physically handicapped. The Council of Europe made possible a comparison between services in Denmark, Holland and Britain. Then bureaucratic and political partiality conflicted with the essential needs of the service, and an experiment with good research potential was prematurely abandoned because of political bungling.

A change to new demands in Canada, mid-way in a career, produced cultural shock and exciting rewards. Add to the scene a lunch with the Queen Mother, the anguish of a daughter's near-death experience, and the neglect of a medical colleague, and you have the epitome of 'Oh, dear! What can the matter be?'

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