The health of leaders

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.257b (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:257

Should they have occupational health screening?

  1. G E P Vincenti
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Department of Mental Health, Friarage Hospital, Northallerton DL6 1JG

    EDITOR,—Psychiatrists and psychologists are not always natural allies, yet I believe that Ian Robertson was correct to draw attention to Churchill's habitual alcohol consumption.1 He is not the first to have done so. L'Etang wrote extensively on the physical and mental incapacities of many great figures in history and commented in particular on Churchill's alcohol intake, quoting from respected sources.2 Like all truly great people, however, Churchill rose above his personal weaknesses when it really mattered. Yes, …

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