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The Black knights: Sir James and Sir Douglas

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 14 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2006
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

    I never met Sir James Black, who died last month aged 85, but I used to worry that I might. Not that I move in Nobel prizewinning circles, but we ageing Scottish doctors tend to hang out in the same places from time to time.

    What worried me was that I might have a senior moment and congratulate him on the Black report, a public health document written 30 years ago by a completely different Scotsman, Sir Douglas Black, who died in 2002 aged 89 (BMJ …

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