There is more to life than medicine for many people. Steve Ainsworth takes a look at the alternative careers of some famous doctors
- By: Steve Ainsworth
Medicine may be a wonderful career, but many doctors, ranging from favourite philosopher of the 4th century BC Aristotle to the mirthful medic of the 21st century AD, Phil Hammond, have found themselves successfully pursuing other careers too. In the 20th century, we had Roger Bannister, whose fame as a record breaking runner far eclipsed any contribution he may have made to medicine. The 19th century gave us Edinburgh doctor Thomas Bowdler who introduced the world to a new verb--to bowdlerise--after publishing his revised versions of Shakespeare and Gibbon's Decline and Fall with all the naughty bits cut out.
Doctors, however, have not merely restricted themselves to rewriting the books and plays of others: the Russian writer and doctor Anton Chekhov found time to write his own material. And, as in the arts, so with science: the 16th century Polish part time astronomer Nicolas Copernicus spent his spare time working