Alexander Iain Munro GlenBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2312 (Published 22 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2312
- Alastair Glen, Dugald Glen
Alexander Iain Munro was born in Govan and followed his father to study medicine at Glasgow University, where he met Evelyne Fisher, his future wife. Iain spent his national service with the frigate flotilla based in Hong Kong. Sea time was mainly on HMS Crane, a veteran of the second world war’s Atlantic convoys, where he was occasionally spotted high in the crow’s nest, reading a correspondence course for the diploma of psychological medicine. Evelyne based herself in Hong Kong, where she was involved in setting up the local blood transfusion service and where the two of them started their great adventure of married life.
On returning to Scotland, Iain started training in psychiatry at Woodilee mental hospital in Glasgow. His father disapproved, saying, “I think it is too early for psychiatry.” Iain, not impressed by the treatments that were available for mental illness, thought the time for psychiatry had come, and his future work was committed to trying to make it so. He realised that there was much he needed to know about medicine and research. Work at Glasgow’s Western Infirmary equipped him for a post in the Medical Research Council’s clinical psychiatry research unit.
The family, now including four children, moved to Chichester in Sussex, and Iain worked with Hugh Davson, the director of …