At the Rotary Club of Girvan meeting in the Royal Hotel on the 14th February, the Speaker was Dr.Tom Smith. He spoke of his early years when he was evacuated from Glasgow to the Kyles of Bute during World War Two.
The family moved to Lincoln where he was a scholarship boy at the local grammar school. At the age of 14 he was given by his uncle Andrew an inspiring book entitled San Michele by Axel Munthe which gave a rationale of scientific medicine,and is still available at the Library and from Amazon Books.
Among other topics, the book dealt with the successful treatment of TB in the fifties and stem cell research which is expensive and requires much laboratory equipment.After University and six years as a GP in Ballantrae he spent seven years on medical research.
Since then, he has attended and reported on numerous conferences,and written on patient care, as well as providing locum medical assistance and writing four humorous books on medical practise. After answering a few questions,he was thanked by Mike Webber for his interesting account and his contribution to medical care.