"A born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better." G.K. Chesterton.
In 2020 this website and blog entered its seventh year. To be honest, when I began the project in early 2014, I didn’t have a clear plan as to how it was going to develop other than (1) I was going to keep it going and (2) I was going to make it interesting, entertaining and historically accurate. Dr. Sutherland’s writing made it easier to achieve those aims and, as I researched his life, I found many new things to write about.
This year also saw the publication of Exterminating Poverty: The true story of the eugenic plan to get rid of the poor and the Scottish doctor who fought against it, the definitive book about the Stopes v Sutherland libel trial. It has been well received and has achieved some excellent reviews. We have already witnessed at least one significant reaction to its publication and, as we approach the centenaries of the events it portrays, we are likely to see more. The next centenary will be the opening of Marie Stopes’ Mothers’ Clinic will on 17th March 2021. Readers of Exterminating Poverty will be well placed to challenge those who perpetuate the myths about Stopes, her clinic and the trial.
To the regular readers of this site and to those who share my enthusiasm for Dr. Sutherland’s story, I offer my sincere thanks. Your messages of support made my work a lot easier.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.