I am Dr. Graham F. Cope a writer and public speaker about my professional interests in smoking and other public health issues and my private interest in history.
I am a freelance writer and an illustrated public speaker specialising in public health matters including the effects of smoking on the human body, the use of electronic cigarettes and advice about smoking cessation – all topics covered in my book: Smoking – what all healthcare professionals need to know.
I also write and talk about healthy alcohol consumption and other important healthcare topics, such as antibiotic resistance and post-polio syndrome. My background as a medical scientist helps me explain in an accessible and entertaining way the key issues and preventative measures.
My interest in history has led me to study the tools and methods used for military surgery during the late 18th and early 19th Century. My writing and talks describe how and where battlefield injuries were treated, the equipment the surgeon used and how amputations and other procedures were performed without anaesthetics.
The historical talks cover royal and military as well as other personalities, including royalty, military and other celebrities living in the late Georgian period. My main interest is the life of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and his mistresses Mary Anne Clarke who was involved in a national scandal which rocked society, it was the talk of the country and the subject of much humour and mockery, especially by caricaturists and cartoonists.
General Sir John Moore (Moore of Corunna) is best known for his military training reforms and developing the defensive Martello Towers to defend the south and east coasts of England, some of which are still visible today. In 1808 he commanded the British Army in the Peninsular War but against overwhelming odds retreated to evacuate his men at Corunna but was killed during the battle and buried in the ramparts of the fortress, where a monument still stands.
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