Posted by: Witch Doctor | February 12, 2011

The sad death of a medical blogger

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Call it happen-chance. Call it magic. Call it the butterfly effect. Call it what you will.

Yesterday, I found myself reading a post, which I have always found touching, from Dr Rant’s blog.

Here is the extract:

“I had a teacher, Miss Fish, at school when I was a child. She was forever going on about how much she loved animals. She had posters of fluffy woodland creatures all over the walls and made much of her membership of the WWF. One winter morning, Young Rant found a bird with a broken wing in the roadside on the way to school. Nursing it in a woolen glove, I took it to Miss Fish for help. She sternly refused to have anything to do with the bird and placed it outside in the cold where I found it dead at play time. I had learnt a valuable lesson: those who profess a great love do not always know, in fact, what love is.”

These are not the words of a hard-nosed swear blogger. This is the story of a gentle child who cared and grew up into a gentle caring adult.

I do not know the identity of any of the medical bloggers who use pseudonoms. I do not know the identity of Dr Rant, nor do I know whether Dr Rant is (or was, for he posts no more) several bloggers.

I have always thought, however, that Dr Rant (whether individually or collectively) was someone I would admire and that the foul language used was a means to an end for a person or people who genuinely cared about many things.

Swear blogging is simply an attempt to get people to sit up and pay attention to what is going on round about them. No more, no less. It is the equivalent of witchspeak and should not cause offence. A medical blogger is a tiny voice in the huge media rabble and tricks have to be learned in order to attract attention when something important needs to be said.

I have just learned about the sad death, reported on Remedy UK’s website, of Dr Peter Gooderham.

DR PETER GOODERHAM RIP

Here are some of extracts from Remedy regarding Dr Gooderham:

“His well-refined sense of right and wrong was a great driving force; he was one of life’s true visionaries and inspired those around him to keep going.”

“He took a great interest in the Remedy legal case against the GMC involving the Architects of MTAS. He had first-hand experience of many inappropriate referrals to the GMC. He felt that the GMC should have taken a different stance on this particular case, and was a firm advocate of accountability and personal professional responsibility.”

“He was also a campaigner on issues of patient confidentiality, and he told a House of Commons committee that he did not want information about him to be placed upon an electronic database”

“He was the sensible side of the Dr Rant team, and wrote many articles on their blog about the way that the NHS should be run.”

I have no idea whether Dr Goodenham wrote the post about the bird with the broken wing, but he may well have done.

It is unusual for me to post on the death of a doctor that I did not know or had never met. However, he was a fellow blogger, and so, in a way, a friend.

I send my condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.

Soon I will say a little more concerning the happen-chance surrounding this particular post.

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Responses

  1. Sad indeed WD. Sad indeed.

    Anna :o[

  2. […] The Witch Doctor didn’t know, and probably most doctors didn’t know, was that Dr Gooderham was a medical blogger. He was part of the Dr Rant […]

  3. […] THE SAD DEATH OF A MEDICAL BLOGGER […]


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