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New Partnership Announced
Words by Design and Oxford Centre for Life-Writing
Personal Biography Service
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and Words by Design are pleased to introduce a new collaboration. Together we are making skilled writers available to help clients write their biographies.
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) is a research centre based at Wolfson College at the University of Oxford, designed to support those who write auto/ biography and those who undertake research on different forms of life narratives. OCLW was formally established in October 2010, and since its creation it has built up a busy schedule of events (including talks and lectures, ‘in conversations’, seminars, workshops, conferences and symposia, and concerts).
Words by Design is a publishing consultancy offering a range of bespoke publishing services to individual and corporate clients, as well as to the printing and publishing industry. One of its core services is getting alongside clients to help them record their life story and turning the manuscript into professionally produced books for family and friends. Among its clients have been peers of the realm, CEOs, philanthropists, polar explorers, a taxi driver and a chimney sweep!
Medicine and Body Image
Frequent failure at the beginning of a career may sometimes be followed with success, but today few get given the second chances that I have been given. In the Irish Republic, stationers have popular postcards providing the meaning of names. Terence is ‘He is hard-working’, but the truer meaning may be ‘He never gives up’.
Passing into Oxford University and qualifying as a doctor was not straightforward. What followed was not predicted, but by being suddenly invited to take the best house job for the Regius Professor of Medicine, a career began that could not have been taken for granted, since each move was by invitation rather than through application.
Throughout a career of interest in the field of microcirculation and lymphatics, my main role has been to interpret – when attending microcirculation or lymphatic societies, to tell people about the skin, and when visiting dermatology societies, to tell them about the blood supply and the lymphatic drainage.
So writes Terence Ryan in this fascinating account of his life. More than an autobiography, it tells the story of a medical department at Oxford Uniersity, the growth and development of international associations and partnerships, and the advance of the science of the skin over the past half-a-century.
William Osler and His Legacy to Medicine
More than any other single figure, William Osler defined the framework for medicine in the 20th century. His remarkable insights and influence established an approach to bedside medicine that brought the field firmly into the scientific arena for the first time. This excellent book by David Cranston recounts Osler’s journey from the town of his birth in Ontario, though academic appointments at McGill, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins and, ultimately, Oxford. For all physicians, the history of his life and accomplishments reminds us of how much progress was made by applying relatively few scientific tools in the context of acute bedside observation and careful history taking. The problem that Osler addressed throughout his career was one of disease definition and he, more than any physician of his era, was able to use combination of anatomic pathology, microbiology and clinical bedside skills to create a new framework for defining disease.
Professor Sir John Bell, GBE FRS,
Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford