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Lord Moran's prescriptions for Churchill

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 10 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1537
  1. Richard Lovell
  1. Professor emeritus 50 Hawthorn Grove, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia

    EDITOR,—In 1992 when my biography of Lord Moran was published, I divulged no information from medical records that had not already been publicly mentioned.1 In describing Moran's management of Churchill's illnesses the constituents of pills that were prescribed—which various writers, including Churchill himself, referred to by nicknames such as “Morans” and “minors”—remained unidentified.

    Some of the drugs have become of interest to medical historians, especially in light of recent advances in knowledge of the treatment of the atherosclerotic disease that would have been the basis for Churchill's repeated cerebrovascular episodes. I therefore sought …

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