[NetBehaviour] Dr Hairy wins an award!

Katharine Norman katharine at novamara.com
Fri Sep 14 21:23:38 CEST 2012

I agree! And though Dr Hairy is a medical man, I've always found his escapades also amusingly reminiscent of my experience in academia :)


On 14 Sep 2012, at 19:42, dave miller wrote:

> wow - well done Edward - really well deserved - that's fantastic news.
> Everyone agrees that Dr Hairy is brilliant.
> And yes - more episodes please!
> dave
> On 14 September 2012 14:15, Edward Picot <edward at edwardpicot.com> wrote:
>> Dear all -
>> Dr Hairy wins an award!
>> In my "ordinary life" as a Practice Manager, I and Dr David Hindmarsh
>> (the doctor I work for) have co-authored a book, rather boringly called
>> "Professional Development for Appraisal and Revalidation (The Dr Hairy
>> Workbook)", which was published earlier this year by Scion Publishing
>> (http://www.scionpublishing.com/shop/product_display.asp?productid=9781904842972).
>> It includes a DVD with all the Dr Hairy videos on it, plus questions
>> about the videos and lots of exercises designed to help GPs with their
>> "reflective learning". A couple of months ago we learned that the book
>> had been shortlisted for the Primary Care category in this year's BMA
>> (British Medical Association) book awards.
>> Our first reaction was that there were probably only two or three
>> entries in the category, so the shortlisting might not be much of an
>> achievement; but on further inquiry we learnt that there were actually
>> 23 entries, of which only three had been shortlisted. Rather flattering,
>> but we still thought we hadn't got a hope of winning, because the tone
>> of the book is very similar to the tone of the Dr Hairy videos - rude,
>> tongue-in-cheek, and disrespectful towards the medical establishment.
>> Hardly likely to find favour with a fuddy-duddy organisation like the
>> BMA, we thought. But the BMA are obviously less fuddy-duddy than we gave
>> them credit for, because last night I attended the BMA Book Awards, and
>> we won the Primary Care category! I almost fell off my chair when they
>> announced it.
>> I was the only one there, too: David's on holiday in Devon, and there
>> was no sign of our publisher; although he must have found out about it
>> somehow, because his website is already carrying the news. Unfortunately
>> there isn't a big cash prize, but all the same I can't deny that I felt
>> extremely pleased with myself, and still do. Perhaps it'll lead to a big
>> Hollywood contract...
>> - Edward Picot
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