"The poetry of history lies in the quasi miraculous fact then once, on this earth, once on this familiar spot of ground, walked other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now gone, one generation vanishing into another, gone as utterly as we ourselves will shortly be gone, like ghosts at cockcrow"
George Macaulay Trevelyan
At the age of fifteen, when I had to choose between 'sciences' or 'arts' A-levels, I opted for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which led me to Medicine. My alternative choice had been History and English, and now, fifty-five years later, I am pursuing that path. At Cambridge I did Archaeology and Anthropology in my third year, stimulated by journeys to Latin America in search of lost civilisations. These inspired my later involvement in overseas medicine, in Uganda and The Gambia. My return to History was facilitated by a six month sabbatical from Medicine in 2002. These publications arise from my interests in History and Anthropology.