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Riding the Rollercoaster of State Medicine  


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I was born in Croydon in 1950 and educated at Selhurst Grammar School.

I studied medicine at  University College and University College Hospital and, after qualifying, spent three years in London practising medicine and surgery before fleeing the Capital for the barmy delights of Bristol, the gateway to the West Country.

There I trained in radiology and took up a post as a Consultant Radiologist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1983, retiring in 2004.

Over the years I spent two periods as a council member of the BIR and served on many committees.

I have written and/or edited several textbooks, the last of which was published in 2008 with the title The History of Medicine. Money and Politics.

My awards in radiology include the Couch Award, the Kodak Scholarship (Professorship), the Twining Medal, the Barclay Prize and Honorary Fellowship of the BIR. I am a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England. 

In addition I lead a jazz band and compose songs.