It’s been a long time coming – and even longer in the making!
The concept for this ‘history’ has been multi-factorial and eventually it’s happened. I am indebted to Judy White for writing the foreword and also for providing some of the impetus and acting as a catalyst for its production. As Judy well knows writing is no easy task! However Judy is ideally suited to provide objective commentary on the unfolding scenario having lived the era and known its original protagonists. Additionally she has an almost incestuous if not nepotistic relationship to the profession with a son-in-law as a member of the cadre.
I have divided the book into sections and some are from ‘left field’. Having deliberated on the name I have decided on ‘The Infinitive History of Veterinary Practice of Scone’. In this context I adduce ‘infinitive’ as an adjective [‘The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English’] and pertaining to ‘boundless, endless or very great’ because it is only the beginning! This is based largely on the memory of the late Frank Williams and I trust is factually accurate. I had played with the idea of ‘Nomius Nexus’ where ‘Nomius’ is ‘guardian of the flocks’ in deep Greek mythology and ‘nexus’ is a ‘bond, link or connection’. I also toyed with ‘Hippomedon Hyperbole’ where ‘Hippomedon’ is ‘lord of horses’ and ‘hyperbole’ is just that – exaggerated! There are elements of both. I felt the former related more to Frank and the latter to Murray!
Then there are sections on ‘Testimonial Tributes’, ‘Anecdotal Reflections’, Unreliable Anecdotes’ and ‘Philosophical Peregrinations’. This provides adequate license to write almost anything – and I have done just that! Where I have ‘plagiarized, plundered or purloined’ from other usually more erudite sources this is duly acknowledged. Some of the views expressed are ‘subjective’ but I accept total responsibility for anything and everything printed and/or published.
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SECTION 1 SCONE VETERINARY PRACTICE EGRESS 1950 – 2000
SECTION 2 PIONEER PROFILES
SECTION 3 RETROSPECTIVE ‘RUMINATION’ PERSPECTIVES
SECTION 4 CULTURE SHOCKS
SECTION 5 TESTIMONIAL TRIBUTES
SECTION 6 ANECDOTAL REFLECTIONS
SECTION 8 UNRELIABLE ANECDOTES
SECTION 9 PHILOSOPHICAL PEREGRINATIONS
PROFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL REFLECTIONS
SCONE VETERINARY HOSPITAL
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