…is pretty much what you have to be asking. Well, there is method in the madness 😉
“WildMedic” is a username/avatar I concocted many years ago to express my twin loves of the wilderness and medicine, and the natural combination thereof – wilderness medicine. By the time my mouse button returned to the raised position after clicking ‘confirm’ I realised the potential confusion – few patients want to think of their doctor as wild! (Caring, considerate, learned, professional… all good… but wild?) In the end, however, it stuck. There _is_ something wild in my heart, but wild like a wolf running silent through a starlit snowy forest: untamed but controlled, spirited but spiritual.
I began blogging when I journeyed to Antarctica as the expedition doctor and leader of the South African National Antarctic Expedition in 2007-2009, which you can read about in my AntarcticDoctor blog. Writing brings me some pleasure, and the positive feedback has spurred me to continue, albeit in a sporadic fashion. Hence, we arrive at this WildMedic blog. Expect varied content – I write when the muse strikes and photograph when faced with inspiration – but please enjoy, comment when you desire, and click the little red button in the top right hand corner when you tire… 😉
AntarcticDoctor will continue later this year when I return to Antarctica for the summer, but I will make sure that the content is frequently cross-posted here, so set up an RSS feed or check back frequently.