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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!


From the Psychiatrist's Chair

Selected Works of Monty Barker

just published

Monty Barker was born in Glasgow in 1934. After studying classics he qualified as a doctor, and in 1968 he was appointed as as a consultant psychiatrist to the  Bristol United Hospitals. His junior staff and medical students found him an excellent teacher, although at times quite intimidating. He also taught theological students in the UK, Paris and India and was an advisor, counsellor and friend to many, leaving a lasting legacy to the Christian community in many parts of the world.

Montagu Barker was a brilliant Christian psychiatrist whose friends regretted that he did not publish more. The appearance now of some of his best papers is thus very much to be welcomed. 
Jim Packer, Professor of Theology Regent College Vancouver
This is a welcome collection of some of his writings and lectures which are still highly relevant today.
Michael Green, Senior Research Fellow Wycliffe Hall Oxford



William Osler and His Legacy to Medicine

David Cranston

Medical Biography

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