Tools of the Trade

Poems for New Doctors

Date Published :
August 2019
Publisher :
Editor :
Samuel Tongue, Lesley Morrison, John Gillies
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781846974885
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 5.75 X 4.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Being a doctor is a privilege; it is also very demanding and can be stressful, and to be able to look after others, we need to look after ourselves. We offer you this little book of poetry, Tools of the Trade, as a friend to provide inspiration, comfort and support as you begin work.

Tools of the Trade includes poems by poet-doctors Iain Bamforth, Rafael Campo, Glenn Colquhoun, Martin MacIntryre and Gael Turnbull.

About The Author

Samuel Tongue is Project Co-ordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library. His first pamphlet is Hauling-Out (Eyewear, 2016) and his second, stitch, is forthcoming with Tapsalteerie. He has published poems in numerous anthologies and magazines including And Other Poems, Cordite, Gutter, Ink, Interpreter's House, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Magma, and Northwords Now. He was awarded a Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award in 2013 and is featured in Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014). He is currently co-editor of New Writing Scotland and poetry editor at the Glasgow Review of Books.

Lesley Morrison is a retired GP, now writing and contributing to radio, with a longstanding belief that the humanities can and should be used to cast light on medical education and practice. She works with medical students at the University of Edinburgh and uses this book as a tool for teaching.

Professor John Gillies was a general practitioner in rural Scotland. He has been a GP trainer and undergraduate tutor and is currently an Honorary Professor in General Practice at Edinburgh University, senior advisor to the Global Health Academy, and Deputy Director of the Scottish School of Primary Care, a research collaboration. He helped found the Scottish Medical Humanities network and believes that literature and poetry augment our understanding of medicine and illness and indeed the world at large.


A book of poetry intended to help them recharge and be mindful of the human aspect of their vocation'

- Wall Street Journal

A pocket-sized gem of a book'

- Herald

Hippcratic hymns,. All lucky doctors graduating in 2019, 2020, and 2021 will be given a volume. Alas, this initiative is north of the border only, but copies are available everywhere'

- British Medical Journal

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