Professionally, I am a conventionally qualified medical doctor who has experience of some kinds of alternative medicine, but I am a self-confessed generalist and have written on subjects unrelated to medicine. In so far as there is a unifying theme in these books, it is sceptical and describes the progressive questioning and ultimate abandonment of belief systems. This emerges in my two books on religion and also in my critical account of the origin and development of homeopathy. My historical study of the sect of the Assassins is an examination of a fascinating set of religious ideas in mediaeval Islam, with relevance to modern religion-inspired terrorismm.
Although I no longer hold religious beliefs, I did so in the past and I understand their psychological appeal. I don't think that humanity is going to outgrow such beliefs in the foreseeable future. Religion will continue to be very important and we need to try to understand it rather than to attack it aggressively, as some critics wish to do. My books are intended to be a contribution to this understanding.