FPM live webinar – 25 Jan 2021. Health of world leaders: Winston Churchill’s illnesses.

Date: FPM Webinar. 25 January 2021 4pm UK time

Title: Health of world leaders: Winston Churchill’s illnesses.

Date: Monday 27th July 4pm UK time

Chair: Professor Donald Singer, President, Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, London, UK
Panel: Professor Allister Vale, Clinical Pharmacologist, University of Birmingham, UK; John Scadding, Hon. Consultant Neurologist Emeritus, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London; Dr John Launer, General Practitioner and Editorial Board member, Postgraduate Medical Journal

Authors Allister Vale and John Scadding will discuss their new book on Winston Churchill’s illnesses: published 30th November 2020.

Click here for more on the book and the background and to order a copy.

About the book, the authors and the panel

Allister Vale and John Scadding have written the definitive account of Churchill’s illnesses and document all Churchill’s major illnesses, from an episode of childhood pneumonia in 1886 until his death in 1965. The authors have published previously some of their meticulous research on his illnesses in the medical press, and these papers have met with acclaim in the medical community. As a result of their research the authors have corrected many repeatedly perpetuated errors.

Allister Vale

Allister Vale is Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist and Toxicologist at City Hospital, Birmingham and holds an honorary chair in the University of Birmingham. He is a former Censor of the Royal College of Physicians and was awarded the Presidents Medal. He has been elected President of professional societies in the UK, Europe and the US. He was Chairman of the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee.

John Scadding OBE

John Scadding is Honorary Consultant Neurologist Emeritus to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, and was formerly also its Medical Director and Chairman of its Medical Committee. He was Academic Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is Chairman of the Independent Medical Expert Group at the Ministry of Defence and formerly Vice-Chairman of its Research Ethics Committee.

Donald Singer

Donald Singer is a Clinical Pharmacologist interested in personalising medicine and in public understanding of health and drugs. He is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and Chair of healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust, London, UK. He trained in renal medicine at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London and went on to become a clinician and researcher at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, St George’s, Imperial College and Warwick Medical School. He has also worked for Yale School of Medicine within US-AID and CDC-supported programmes in Rwanda.  @HealthMed

John Launer

John Launer is a doctor, educator and award-winning writer and is an Associate Editor of the Postgraduate Medical Journal. With a dual professional background in general practice and family therapy, as well a degree in English literature, interests range across the borders of health care, systems thinking, and the humanities. They include narrative medicine, clinical supervision for the health professions and  team development in the health service. John is lead for educational innovation in primary care for Health Education England in London.


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